TROY, N.Y. – The Rensselaer County Health Department is warning residents against the tick borne diseases Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.
The department says there has been an increase in the number of cases of anaplasmosis, which is a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite. Some ticks carry both anaplasmosis and Lyme.
First symptoms begin within 1-2 weeks after the bite. People with the infection often have flu-like symptoms which include fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, chills, nausea, cough, confusion and rarely a rash.
Treatment for anaplasmosis is similar to Lyme disease treatment.
The health department says residents should take the following precautions:
Wear repellent with DEET on skin or clothing.
Create tick-safe zones in your yard through:
Keeping deer away from property
Check your body, clothing, and pets for ticks.
Check under arms, ears, the belly button, backs of knees, between legs, around the waist, and in and around all head and body hair.
Shower soon after being outdoors
Check clothes carefully or put into a dryer on high heat.
Prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home by using veterinarian-prescribed tick collars or spot-on treatment.
Remove attached ticks quickly and carefully using fine tipped tweezers.
In 2010, 6 cases were found in the county, 27 were found in 2011, 43 in 2012, and 73 have been reported in 2013.