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Below are the three tick species found in the Garden State that are dangerous to humans and the diseases associated with each. More on each of those diseases in the next section.
Lone Star tick
The Lone Star tick(Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
What it spreads: Ehrlichiosis, Alpha-gal syndrome
Where it lives: These bad boys own been creeping northward. This year, they were found in abundance in Middlesex County for the first time.
Blacklegged ‘deer’ tick
The Blacklegged tick, sometimes called the deer tick(Photo: U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
What it spreads: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis
Where it lives: The deer tick can be found in rural and suburban areas throughout the state.
American Dog tick
The American Dog tick(Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
What it spreads: Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Where it lives: This year’s Tick Blitz confirmed their presence across the state.
Andrea Egizi, Ph.D., a research scientist with Tick-borne Diseases Program in the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division, describes a blacklegged deer tick, which is enlarged under a microscope, at the Tick-borne Disease Laboratory, a cooperative program between Monmouth County and Rutgers, at Rutgers’ McLean Research Laboratories in New Brunswick, NJ Monday June 11, (Photo: Tanya Breen)Buy Photo
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