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How Quickly Can an Attached Tick Make You Sick?

Once a tick bites you, disease transmission can take days—or minutes. Here’s what to know.

For a tick bite to make you sick, the tick must be attached to you and feeding for a certain amount of time. For some diseases, this can take a day or more. For others, it takes just minutes.

We spoke with experts in tick biology to find out why there’s so much variation, and what you need to know to protect yourself.

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