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aka American Dog Tick
Feeds on: Typically feeds on mid-sized mammals including dogs, raccoons, porcupines and black bears, and also readily feeds on humans.
Pathogens transmitted: Though the potential for contracting a tick-borne disease from this species is thought to be relatively low, it is known to carry Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), tularaemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and cause tick paralysis. It is also known to infect wild and domestic cats with the fatal protozoan Cytauxzoon felis, and horses with equine piroplasm, Babesia caballi, and Ehrlichia risticii, the causative agent of Potomac horse fever.
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