What are tick-borne diseases?

Tick-borne diseases have become increasingly important and currently, Lyme borreliosis (or Lyme disease) is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in North America. This wasn’t always the case, since this disease was relatively unknown prior to the 1980s. The rapid spread and increasing density of deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) led to the spread of Lyme borreliosis.

But these same ticks transmit other dangerous pathogens, including Anaplasma and BabesiaUnlike Lyme, these aren’t yet household names, but they do appear to be spreading in places like Massachusetts.  We test for a whole range of tick-borne diseases, including a few your physician may not be aware of yet. The list of tick-borne diseases we currently test for include:

One of our aims is to accumulate data that will help determine the location (and possible spread) of these new pathogens. Ideally, this would help us to anticipate the next “Lyme disease” and be aware of it well before it reaches the levels of the current Lyme epidemic.