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Is every tick a disease vector?

Various pathogens can be transmitted by ticks. The most widespread and best-known diseases in the northern Hemisphere are borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE).

However, this does not mean that every tick carries and transmits these diseases. In Switzerland, the transmission of borreliosis by ticks is between 20 – 50%. For TBE only 0.5% (in the risk areas).
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