A North American tick which infests wild and domestic animals, often found clinging to plants and responsible for transmitting spotted fever.
- Genus Dermacentor, family Ixodidae, in particular D. andersoni
- The disease that may best explain Clark's Three Forks fever is Colorado tick fever, a viral infection transmitted by the wood tick.
- The bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii that cause an RMSF infection are carried by the dog tick in the eastern United States and by the wood tick in the Rocky Mountain states.
- The wood tick is the principal vector in the western United States, whereas the dog tick is the most common vector in the eastern and southern United States.
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