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RELAPSING FEVER TICK

Fleas & Ticks

Relapsing Fever Tick – Ornithodorus turicata (Duges).  One of the “soft” ticks, this tick can transmit the causal organisms of relapsing fever in humans, hence the name.  They usually feed on small animals such as squirrels, mice, chipmunks or rabbits.  Soft ticks usually feed at night, feeding from 15 – 30 minutes and then letting go of the host.  Symptoms of tick-borne relapsing fever usually develop within 7 days after being bitten.