The Animals Most Dangerous to Humans

Forget sharks. The animals most likely to harm you are much smaller — and much closer to you
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Ticks

Ticks make us sick by transferring infections from infected animals to humans. These “vector-borne” diseases, which include Lyme disease, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, relapsing fever, spotted fever, tick-borne encephalitis and tularemia, kill 1 million people a year, according to the WHO. In the United States, ticks caused 104 deaths between 1999 and 2013, the CDC says.

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