deer tick


Definition of deer tick

: an ixodid tick (Ixodes scapularis synonym I. dammini) of the eastern U.S. and Canada that transmits the bacterium causing Lyme disease

called also black-legged tick

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Recent Examples on the Web Evers also signed a bill requiring the state Department of Natural Resources to conduct a public information campaign about Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks and causes a skin rash, fever, headache and fatigue. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers signs bills to make bestiality a felony and curb 'porch pirates'," 3 Mar. 2020 The report found that just shy of 39% of deer ticks tested positive for Lyme. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by infected deer ticks. USA TODAY, "Condom conflict, ghost net, smart trash bins: News from around our 50 states," 18 Jan. 2020 Also Wednesday, the Assembly approved a pair of bills to help curb the spread of Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks and causes a skin rash, fever, headache and fatigue. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Assembly comes up short in trying to override Gov. Evers' veto on training for nurse aides," 15 Jan. 2020 There’s a solution to Lyme disease and other maladies spread by deer ticks that doesn’t require any new scientific discoveries, any expensive medications, or any distracting fights between Lyme activists and the mainstream medical community. Alan Wirzbicki,, "The free, all-natural, and quite handsome solution to Lyme disease and other tick maladies," 22 Aug. 2019 Tips to prevent Lyme disease Avoid areas where deer ticks live, especially wooded areas with long grass. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Lyme disease vaccine discontinued, but new ways to prevent it are coming: Health Matters," 26 Jan. 2020 According to The Mayo Clinic, Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected, black-legged deer tick. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Justin Bieber details health struggles: 'It's been a rough couple years'," 8 Jan. 2020 The reasoning for the cull was to prevent the spread of Lyme disease, which can be caused by bacteria in deer ticks. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Point Pelee National Park in Canada to close due to deer overpopulation," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of deer tick

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Deer tick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deer tick

US : a very small insect found in the eastern U.S. and in Canada that usually feeds on deer and that can give the person or animal it bites various diseases (such as Lyme disease)

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Medical Definition of deer tick

: a tick of the genus Ixodes (I. scapularis synonym I. dammini) that transmits the bacterium causing Lyme disease

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