Can leeches carry diseases like mosquitoes and tics?



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    Yes, but not quite in the same way. Mosquitoes are notorious for transmitting diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and West Nile virus, and ticks are known for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Leeches are a little different. A leech does carry parasites in its digestive tract that can spread to humans whose blood it feeds on, but these parasites cannot survive in humans and pose no threat. However, if a leech has previously bitten someone with a blood-borne pathogen, such as hepatitis or HIV, these organisms can remain in the leech for months and can be transmitted to a subsequent victim. Infection of both hepatitis and HIV from leeches have been observed in West African countries. Leeches can also cause severe allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.

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    There’s no scientific evidence showing that leeches transmit diseases to humans, although sometimes gut bacteria can cause infection of the wound being leeched from, so it’s important to have a professional handling the proceedure with antibiotics nearby. It is important to note that no leech is used on more than one person for professional medical proceedure purposes.

    As a side note, sometimes people can have an alergic reaction to leech bites.

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