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Emergence of tick-borne diseases

Sam R. Telford III, Jacqueline E. Dawson, Karl C. Halupka
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 4 Number 2: Page 24 (April 1997)

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Abstract: Babesiosis, Lyme disease, and two human ehrlichioses have emerged in the eastern United States since 1969, probably because of increased interactioin between hymans and ecological assemblages that naturally maintain the pathogenic agents. The deer tick and the Lone Star tick are the primary vectors in these assemvlages, while white-tailed deer and white-footed mice are the primary wildlife hosts. both vectors and hosts contain co-adapted microcosms of infectious organisms, each of which may have the potential to cause infections in humans.

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