Tick-borne illnesses steadily increasing

Residents of New York State heading out of urban areas have been warned of the risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, and now also anaplasmosis. Media reports say the percentage of ticks in the area which carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, ranges from 30 to 50 percent, and for anaplasmosis the estimate is around 5 percent, although testing for the infection is rare. According to the CDC, anaplasmosis ‘is most frequently reported from the upper midwestern and northeastern United States’. Read more

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