Health officials in Onondaga County, New York, are alerting residents about a Rare disease transmitted by ticks It can cause severe illness after a slight increase in recent cases has been observed. interrupt The health commissioner said Thursday Six cases of anaplasmosis were already reported in 2021, compared to only three cases reported in the past five years.
Anaplasmosis is a bacterial disease that spreads between people through tick bites, which mainly include black ticks and western ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms usually appear within one to two weeks after the bite, and may include fever, chills, severe headache, and muscle aches. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
Signs of late illness, which may occur if treatment is delayed or if there are other medical problems, can include respiratory failure, bleeding problems, organ failure, or even death. People who are older or have weakened immune systems may be at risk of developing serious illness from anaplasmosis.
“In New York state, the disease is spread by black ticks, the same type of tick that typically spreads Lyme disease,” County Health Commissioner Dr. Indo Gupta said in a news release. “If we are diligent in practicing the same prevention measures that we have learned to prevent Lyme disease, we are protecting ourselves from other tick-borne diseases including Anaplasma.”
The Department of Health advised taking steps to ensure tick prevention such as wearing light-colored shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt while outdoors, and considering using insect repellents containing DEET and other EPA-approved substances. They also advised checking for ticks after spending time outdoors and removing them immediately.