Tick-Borne Infections

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  • Tick-borne infections are common during the summer months in many areas of the US; prevalence of specific diseases depends on the local population of vector ticks and animal reservoirs.
  • Coinfection with multiple tick-borne infections can occur and should be considered when patients present with overlapping syndromes (e.g., Lyme disease with cytopenias).
  • Risk should be assessed by outdoor activity in endemic regions rather than the report of a tick bite, which often goes unnoticed.

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  • Tick-borne infections are common during the summer months in many areas of the US; prevalence of specific diseases depends on the local population of vector ticks and animal reservoirs.
  • Coinfection with multiple tick-borne infections can occur and should be considered when patients present with overlapping syndromes (e.g., Lyme disease with cytopenias).
  • Risk should be assessed by outdoor activity in endemic regions rather than the report of a tick bite, which often goes unnoticed.

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