Babesiosis Disease Can Be Transmitted By Ticks: How to Prevent

We have talked extensively in this space about the mosquito and tick borne illnesses with which people in the geographic area in which ohDEER does business need to concern themselves: West Nile virus, transported by mosquitoes, and Lyme disease, carried by deer ticks. ohDEER has also discussed here diseases other than West Nile virus with which mosquitoes can infect warm-blooded organisms. These diseases include Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), very rare but which has been identified in the northeastern U.S. – and malaria, a malady that is far and away the most lethal disease in history, and of which 90 percent of all transmissions to humans occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

One disease that we have not addressed or featured on this blog is one that the deer tick, also called the black legged tick – which is the type of tick you find throughout the territory that ohDEER services – harbor and which they can spread to humans … and, yes, pets and livestock … is babesiosis. Now, for sure, it is rare for people to contract babesisos this disease can be deadly, whether if transmitted by tick or in utero.

Below we excerpt and share from a section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website dedicated to providing education about babesiosis:

“Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells and are spread by certain ticks. In the United States, tickborne transmission is most common in particular regions and seasons: it mainly occurs in parts of the Northeast and upper Midwest and usually peaks during the warm months.  Although many people who are infected with Babesia do not have symptoms, for those who do effective treatment is available. Babesiosis is preventable, if simple steps are taken to reduce exposure to ticks.”

One step to prevention is having your yard sprayed to make it safer to enjoy more time outside! Here at ohDEER, we offer customers a spraying of our ALL NATURAL Tick & Mosquito repellant that is safe for kids, pets and nature! 

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