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The blacklegged ticks, Ixodes pacificus (depicted here), and I. scapularis, are known vectors for the zoonotic spirochetal bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen responsible for causing Lyme disease. The ticks, inoculated with the bacterium when they bite infected mice, squirrels and other small animals, subsequently pass the pathogens to their human victims when they obtain a blood meal. Here, you are looking at a dorsal view of a female I. pacificus hard tick.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ James Gathany; William L. Nicholson, Ph.D.
Creation Date: 2005
Photo Credit: James Gathany
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