Last week, residents have submitted deer ticks positive for Lyme, B. miyamotoi (relapsing fever) and Anaplasma.
*Two ticks from Dutchess County had all three pathogens in a single tick.
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What you need to know about Lyme & these co-infections
Lyme disease is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme is transmitted to humans by tick bites primarily from deer ticks and the western black-legged ticks. Deer ticks have also been found to transmit Anaplasma, babesia, relapsing fever and (rarely) Powassan virus (lineage 2) in your area.
Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, the nervous system and can become chronic. Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose due to poor diagnostic tests and the lack of rash presented from a significant proportion of people. Tick testing can support proper diagnosis by validating your exposure to an infected tick.
Anaplasmosis is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Anaplasma is transmitted to humans by tick bites primarily from deer ticks and the western black-legged ticks found near the west coast.
Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Usually, these symptoms occur within 1-2 weeks of a tick bite.
Borrelia miyamotoi is a bacterium that is most closely related to the bacteria that cause tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) and more distantly related to Lyme disease. This bacterium can be transmitted to humans bitten by deer ticks and western black-legged ticks. Deer ticks are have also been found to transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis in your area.
Patients may have fever, chills, headache, body and joint pain and fatigue. Rash is uncommon, presenting in less than 10% of patients.
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