Diseases indirectly transmitted by rodents

Rodent(s) involved

Deer mice and voles

Agent

Parasite

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Babesiosis

Rodent(s) involved

Deer mouse, bushy-tailed woodrat, ground squirrel, porcupine, chipmunk

Agent

Virus

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Stop Ticks

Rodent(s) involved

Wild woodrat

Agent

Parasite

Vectors

Sand fly

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected sand fly

Additional Information

Leishmania Infection

Rodent(s) involved

Deer mouse, dusky-footed woodrat, Mexican woodrat, white-footed mouse

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Anaplasmosis

Rodent(s) involved

Eastern chipmunk and tree squirrel

Agent

Virus

Vectors

Mosquito

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected mosquito

Additional Information

La Crosse Encephalitis

Rodent(s) involved

Peromyscus spp. (white-footed mouse) in the northeastern and mid-western USA, and other rodents (tree squirrel) in the western USA

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Lyme Disease

Rodent(s) involved

Rats

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Flea or mite

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected flea or mite

Additional Information

Rickettsial (Spotted & Typhus Fevers) & Related Infections (Anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis)

Rodent(s) involved

Muskrat

Agent

Virus

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever

Rodent(s) involved

Marmot, sciurid rodents (squirrel family), groundhog

Agent

Virus

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Powassan Virus

Rodent(s) involved

Rats

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Mite

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected mite

Additional Information

Rickettsial (Spotted & Typhus Fevers) & Related Infections (Anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis)

Rodent(s) involved

Mice

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Mite

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected mite

Additional Information

Rickettsial (Spotted & Typhus Fevers) & Related Infections (Anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis)

Rodent(s) involved

Wild rodents

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Relapsing Fever

Rodent(s) involved

Wild rodents

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Tick

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected tick

Additional Information

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rodent(s) involved

Flying squirrel

Agent

Bacteria

Vectors

Flea, mite, louse

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected flea or mite
  • Contact of broken skin or wound with infected flea, mite, louse or their droppings or inhaling their aerosolized feces

Additional Information

Rickettsial (Spotted & Typhus Fevers) & Related Infections (Anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis)

Rodent(s) involved

Ground squirrel and snowshoe hare

Agent

Virus

Vectors

Mosquito

How the disease spreads

  • Bite from an infected mosquito

Additional Information

West Nile Virus