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Tick-Borne Diseases

Author: Kellie Wilson, PharmD

CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 13504 reviews

Course Summary

Many different types of ticks are found in tall grasses, fields and wooded areas that attach to a host. Ticks are categorized as hard-shell and soft-shell ticks and can transmit a wide variety of diseases. Prevention from tick bites includes walking in the center of trails, wearing clothes that protects against ticks, and the use of EPA-registered insect repellents. Early attention and treatment of tick bites helps to prevent or minimize illnesses that may be transmitted. A case of tick-borne disease is discussed, which highlights the rare condition of endocarditis in a patient diagnosed with Lyme disease.

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Course Syllabus

  •   I.     Introduction

     II.     Tick Types and Disease Transmission

    1.      Types of Ticks

    2.      Common Tick Locations

    III.     Tick Season

    1.      Tick Removal

    2.      Tick Disposal

    3.      Cleaning the Tick Bite

    4.      Prevention of Tick Bites

     IV.     Tick-borne Illnesses

    1.      Lyme Disease

    2.      Treatment of Lyme Disease

    3.      Southern Tick-associated Rash Illness (STARI)

    4.      Treatment

    5.      Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

    6.      Ehrlichiosis

    7.      Tularemia

    8.      Babesiosis

    9.      Colorado Tick Fever (CTF)

    10.    Rickettsia Parkeri Rickettsiosis

    11.    Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF)

    12.    Powassan Virus

    13.    Heartland and Bourbon Virus Diseases

    14.    Borrelia Miyamotoi Disease

    15.    Anaplasmosis

    16.    Tick Paralysis

     V.      Prevention of Tick-borne Disease

     VI.      Case Study
  • Lyme Disease

VII.      Summary


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