Be Aware of Diseases You Could Get From Ticks on Coyotes

Diseases You Could Get From Ticks on Coyotes

Coyotes often have ticks hidden in their fur. These ticks can pass along diseases you don’t want. We have put together information on the diseases you could get from ticks on coyotes.

Diseases You Could Get From Ticks on Coyotes

The head and ears of a coyote would be the top deck, perfect for a tick to command the best views of the den, pups, woods, pastures and prospective food. After spending a few days on the coyote, the ticks have their fill and drop off to spread their disease elsewhere.

Ticks and parasites can pass along diseases, including the following:

Anaplasmosis

Compared to other rickettsial diseases, it less common to contract severe and life-threatening illness with anaplasmosis.  The case-fatality rate among patients who seek care for the illness is less than 1%. However, predictors of a more severe course included advanced age, immumnosuppression, comorbid medical conditions, and delay in diagnosis and treatment.

The Upper Midwest and northeaster U.S. have the most frequent reports of anaplasmosis.

Babesiosis

Babesia infection can range from asymptomatic to life threatening. Asplenia, advanced age and impaired immune function are risk factors for severe babesiosis.

Severe cases can be associated with the following:

  • marked thromboyctopenia
  • disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • hemodynamic instability
  • acute respiratory distress
  • renal failure
  • hepatic compromise
  • altered mental status
  • death

The northeastern and Upper Midwestern U.S. have the most frequent reports of Babesiosis.

Lyme

Lyme disease is one of the most commonly known diseases associated with ticks, along with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This disease was first identified in Lyme, Conn., and includes symptoms such as the following:

  • red-ring like expanding rash
  • malaise
  • headache
  • fever
  • myalgia
  • arthralgia

Most reports of Lyme disease are from the Upper Midwestern and northeastern U.S. Some cases have been reported in northern California, Oregon and Washington.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Transmission of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is most often by the American dog ticket in the Eastern, Central and Western U.S.; by the Rocky Mountain wood tick in the Rocky Mountain states; and by the brown dog tick in the Southwestern U.S., along the U.S.-Mexico border. This disease can be rapidly fatal if not treated within the first five days of symptoms.

There is reports of RMSF cases throughout most of the contiguous U.S., but five states (North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri) account for 60% of cases.

Tickbourne Relapsing Fever

The Tickbourne Relapsing Fever is primarily in western states. Symptoms include the following:

  • headache
  • myalgia
  • chills
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • arthralgia
  • facial palsy (rare cases)

Tickbourne Relapsing Fever occurs most commonly in 14 western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The majority of cases occur in the summer when people vacation and sleep in rustic cabins. However, this disease can occur in winter months when fires started to warm a cabin active ticks resting in the walls and woodwork.

What to Do if You’re Bitten

Ticks cling to edges of leaves, grass and shrubs seeking an animal or human host to latch onto.

Before beginning your hunt in the woods, make sure to tuck your pants into boots and hose down with your favorite tick repellent.

Check out the CDC recommendations to follow if you are bitten.

It is essential to be aware of the risk of ticks when you’re hunting predators, or even deer and elk. These are the diseases you could get from ticks on coyotes. Contact us with the link below for more information or to purchase your customized dove hunting blind today!

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