A mother recently shared a video of her daughter struggling to stand up after she was left temporarily paralyzed by a tick bite.
Amanda Lewis, of Oregon, said her daughter has since recovered, but shared the heartbreaking video as a public service announcement for other parents.
Lewis said her daughter started having difficulty standing up one night and the next day she could barely walk. A doctor said the tick paralysis had weakened her limbs.
The video went viral. It has been viewed more than 7 million times. Watch it below:
Tick paralysis is the only tick-borne disease that is not caused by an infectious organism, according to the American Lyme Disease Foundation. The illness is caused by a neurotoxin produced in the tick’s salivary gland. After prolonged attachment, the engorged tick transmits the toxin to its host.
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