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Our Tick Testing Data

Each tick submitted for testing contributes to the research being conducted here at TickCheck. By keeping records of all the results generated, we have been able to gain valuable insights into disease prevalence and co-infection rates. The comprehensive testing panel has been especially helpful in contributing to this research by ensuring all diseases and coinfections are accounted for when examining a tick. Our current research shows that 53% of tick tested are infected with at least one pathogen, 36% are co-infected with two or more, 11% carry three or more, and 4% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
53% Positive for Infection
Negative (47%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
28% Positive for Infection
Negative (72%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
17% Positive for Infection
Negative (83%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
5% Positive for Infection
Negative (95%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (4%)
3+ Coinfection (11%)
2+ Coinfection (36%)
No Co-infection (64%)

Pathogenic Prevalence by Species & Life Stage

Generally, nymphal ticks will have fewer pathogen because they've had fewer opportunities to feed. Our data shows this as well.

Infection Rate for Borrelia burgdorferi between Adult Female and Nymphal Deer Ticks

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,924 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 5,109 ticks.
37% Positive
63% Negative

Infection Rate for Anaplasma phagocytophilum between Adult Female and Nymphal Deer Ticks

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,603 ticks.
9% Positive
91% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 4,702 ticks.
11% Positive
89% Negative

Infection Rate for Rickettsia amblyommii between Adult Female and Nymphal Lone Star Ticks

Nymphal Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 499 ticks.
49% Positive
51% Negative

Adult Female Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 149 ticks.
52% Positive
48% Negative

Pathogenic Prevalence in Tennessee

The bars below show the positive/negative prevalence ratio of selected pathogens we test for. These pathogens were observed in ticks from Tennessee. Data set includes tests performed since TickCheck's founding in 2014 and is updated in real time.

Borrelia burgdorferi (lone star tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 86 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 26 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
8% Positive
92% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 78 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 38 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
5% Positive
95% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 102 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 57 ticks.
51% Positive
49% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 66 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 39 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia lonestari associated with STARI

Sample size of 69 ticks.
7% Positive
93% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

Sample size of 36 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
6% Positive
94% Negative

Ehrlichia ewingii associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 31 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
3% Positive
97% Negative

Rickettsia amblyommii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 31 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
61% Positive
39% Negative

Rickettsia rickettsii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 67 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.