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Name: Lucas
Status: student
Age: 6
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2000-2001


Question:
Is there a difference between wood ticks and deer ticks. We live in Manitoba, Canada and my neighbor says you can only get lyme disease from deer ticks not wood ticks. we have here.


Replies:
Yes, wood ticks and deer ticks are quite different, deer ticks are much smaller and different colored. I don't know what ticks would be found in Manitoba, but deer ticks are the ones that can carry lyme disease.

J. Elliott


Lucas,

I talked with a colleague who is a Lyme disease specialist and I think that your neighbor is correct. In addition to the deer tick, western black-legged ticks, found in California as well as Oregon (perhaps north into Canada??), also carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Infection by the Lyme disease bacterium from other tick species, such as wood ticks, does not seem likely. Therefore, those are the only two ticks that present a significant problem to people in North America.

CED


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