The risk that a deer tick may transmit Lyme disease rises the longer the tick is attached, according to a review by Eisen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the January 2018 journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. What diseases does a deer tick have?
● Ticks that are brown and approximately the size of a poppy seed or pencil point are deer ticks; however, the size can change with feeding ( figure 1 ). These ticks can transmit B. burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme disease) and a number of other tick-borne infections, including (but not limited to) babesiosis and anaplasmosis.Does Lyme disease kill deer?
The Lyme Disease bacterium will not survive long after the deer dies. Unless a human has an open wound, it is highly unlikely that Lyme Disease will enter inside your body. Cooking "infected" deer meat will also kill any bacteria.How do you identify a deer tick?
Ticks are identified by their scutum, or shield. This is the body of the tick. A deer tick has a solid colored scutum but other species will have patterns. The scutum of the tick can also identify the sex of the tick. A female tick has a smaller scutum while the male has a larger one.