Tick-Borne Illness for Emergency Medicine Providers

  • Boris GarberEmail author
  • Jonathan Glauser
Infectious Disease (J Glauser, Section Editor)
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  1. Infectious Disease


Purpose of Review

Ticks are the most important vectors of human diseases after mosquitoes. Emergency physicians throughout the USA can be expected to encounter Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and other disorders based upon geographic location.

Recent Findings

The number of identifiable disorders transmitted by these arthropods has increased in recent years. Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome has only been described within the past decade, and the new millennium has seen over 10 new species of rickettsial disease discovered.


Ticks transmit more pathogenic species than any other group of blood-feeding arthropods. This review provides an update on the diagnosis and management of the diseases most likely to be encountered in clinical practice.


Tick-borne illness Rocky Mountain spotted fever Babesiosis Febrile illness Lyme disease 



The authors wish to thank Dr. James Paxton for reviewing their manuscript.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Faculty, Residency Program in Emergency MedicineMetroHealth Medical CenterClevelandUSA

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