Other Tick-Borne Diseases (TBDs)
Vector-borne diseases are a growing risk to human, pet, livestock and wildlife health both nationwide and worldwide. New species of bacteria, viruses and protozoa are being discovered, which can be transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of a tick. Some tick species are expanding in range and prevalence as habitat and climate changes occur, wildlife migrate, and both humans , pets and livestock travel. There are 19 tick-borne diseases that have been identified in the US alone, with Lyme disease currently being the most reported vector-borne disease in the United States. Only 7 of these diseases are currently considered reportable in the State of Colorado. In the presence of Lyme disease, many of the other TBDs are considered co-infections. Co-infections can make diagnosis and treatment more complex.
Colorado Tick Fever is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Colorado, however, little is being done regarding surveillance of the many other ticks and tick-borne diseases that may impact human health in Colorado. Companion Animal Parasite Council data is showing an increase in cases of tick-borne infections including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis in dogs in our state, indicating that risk to human health may be greater than what is currently being reported.
Regardless of where exposure to tick-borne pathogens are occurring, many individuals, families and pets living in Colorado have been impacted by these diseases and the prevalence of many of these diseases continues to rise nationwide and worldwide. Tick-Borne disease is a global issue. The CDC provides additional information regarding tick-borne diseases that you may encounter when traveling abroad.
The resources provided by COTBDAA are intended to ELEVATE awareness for the many stakeholders in Colorado by providing education, prevention, research and advocacy to keep our residents and visitors safe and healthy! We are not a substitute for professional medical care. Decisions regarding your health should be made between you and your medical care provider or team.