Southern tier, Hudson River and Scranton Areas: Lyme was detected in deer ticks residing along the Hudson River near Albany and Stillwater as well as north of Binghamton near the Chenango Forks area. Other tick-borne pathogens including Babesia microti and Anaplasma were detected in deer ticks recovered from the Scranton and the Upper Delaware River recreational area as well as Bartonella species found in a single American dog tick.
Long Island and NJ Areas- Ehrlichia ewingii was detected in two Lone star ticks found in the Long Island area as wells as in Monmouth County, NJ. A deer tick co-infected with both Lyme and Babesia microti was recovered from a resident in Hunterdon County, NJ.
WNY- In western NY, both Lyme and Anaplasma were detected in deer ticks from residents residing in the Orchard Park area (North east of Buffalo, NY).
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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.
Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, heart, and 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.
Babesiosis is a tick-borne disease caused by microscopic protozoan parasites that infect red blood cells and are transmitted to humans by deer tick bites. Babesia can also be transmitted through blood transfusions.
Some people who are infected with Babesia microti feel fine and do not have any symptoms. Others develop nonspecific flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, sweats, headache, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, or fatigue. The incubation period is typically between 1-9+weeks.
Ehrlichiosis is caused by at least three different species in the US including Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii, and Ehrlichia muris-like (EML). EML has only been reported in the Wisconsin/Minnesota regions. Lone star ticks are the primary carriers for the more common Ehrlichial species.
Like many tick-borne illnesses, symptoms may develop 1-2 weeks after a tick bite and include fever, headache, chills, nausea, rash and muscle pain. Ehrlichiosis can be fatal if not treated properly.