ME/CFS in the Department of Medicine

Tick-Borne Diseases

Tick Borne Diseases

What are tick-borne diseases?

Tick-borne diseases are illnesses transmitted by ticks. Ticks can carry many different pathogens. The tick-borne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness. Other tick-borne bacteria such as Rickettsia, Bartonella, other Borrelia species, and Ehrlichia chaffeensis can cause similar diseases. Ticks can also carry viruses and protozoa, such as Babesia microti, which causes Babesiosis. Following a tick bite, many people experience body aches, fever, fatigue, joint pain, or rashes. It is important to note that for a tick to actively transmit an infectious agent, it usually needs to have a period of attachment to the patient’s skin of 24 hours or longer (as is the case in Lyme disease). Antibiotics commonly treat tick bites, but some people still experience chronic symptoms such as fatigue and muscle and joint pain months after the tick bite.

PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER REGARDING THIS PORTION OF THE WEBSITE:

The information and opinions contained in this portion of the website are intended for educational and research purposes only. It is not intended for the medical management of patients and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stanford University or Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Only a physician familiar with a patient's individual medical history can make medical judgments and give that patient specific medical advice.

Stanford Medicine Resources:

Footer Links: