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 1980’s. Rapid spread and increasing density of deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) lead 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 the do appear to be spreading in places like Massachusetts.  We test for a whole range of tick-borne diseases, including some of which your physician may not yet be aware. The list of tickborne diseases we current test for are:

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 in advance of its reaching the abundance of the current Lyme epidemic.  These tick-borne pathogens also threaten pets. See whats being found in pet populations at  CapcVET.