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Infections from tickborne diseases in the US are steadily increasing — and new tickborne diseases have been discovered in recent years. Ticks are vectors that can carry infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites. When an infected tick bites a person or an animal, the tick’s saliva transmits infectious agents that can cause illness. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases. These “co-infections” pose challenges for diagnosing, treating and preventing tickborne diseases.

The geographic ranges of ticks also are expanding. Ticks differ in their tolerance to heat, cold and aridity, making certain tick species more common than others in any given location in the United States. Different species transmit different diseases and this leads to differences in incidence of tickborne diseases by geographic region in the US.

In this session of Public Health Grand Rounds experts discuss emerging tickborne diseases, treatment options, prevention strategies, and advances in diagnosing tickborne diseases.

Beyond the Data

Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Bobbi Pritt discuss the problem of emerging tickborne diseases. Find out the types of ticks in your area and the types of diseases a tick bite can transmit. Learn the ABCs of how the prevent tick bites and what to do if a tick bites you. Tick bites can cause co-infections. Health care providers need to consider this when diagnosing and treating potential tickborne diseases. Learn about some of the treatment options and discover the important role Public Health plays in tickborne disease awareness.

Presented By

Rebecca Eisen, PhD
Research Biologist, Bacterial Diseases Branch,
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
"Expanding Diversity and Distribution of Tickborne Diseases"
Christopher D. Paddock, MD
Medical Officer, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch,
Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC
"Tickborne Spotted Fevers — Old and New"
Gregory D. Ebel, ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences
Colorado State University
"Tickborne Viruses: Emerging Public Health Concern"
Bobbi S. Pritt, MD, MSc
Medical Director, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology,
Division of Clinical Microbiology

Mayo Clinic
"Advances in Diagnosing Tickborne Diseases"

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN (enduring): 0387-0000-17-019-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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