Tick Borne Diseases
What is a tick-borne disease?
Ticks infected with bacteria, viruses, or parasites can spread diseases to humans through bites. Outdoor workers–such as those in construction, farming, landscaping, oil & gas, railroad, and related work–are particularly susceptible for tick-borne disease if they work at sites where ticks are present. Ticks are more commonly found at worksites with woods, bushes, high grass, or leaf litter.
Most common tick-borne diseases in the United States include:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness
- Tick-borne relapsing fever
Other tick-borne diseases in the United States include:
- Colorado tick fever
- Powassan encephalitis
- Q fever
What are the symptoms a tick-borne disease?
There are many symptoms associated with tick-borne diseases. Infected workers may not have all of these symptoms and many of these symptoms can occur with other diseases as well. So check with your Concentra medical team to verify if your employee is infected with a tick-borne disease. Some common symptoms include:
- Body/muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Stiff neck
- Facial paralysis