Officials warn of tick-borne diseases in eastern Rensselaer County

FILE - This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. According to a new government study published Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically. U.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas in those regions are considered high risk. (AP Photo/Victoria Arocho, File)

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Rensselaer County Health Department is reporting a significant increase in the number of cases of Anaplasmosis, transmitted by the bite of an infected tick, in the Hoosick Falls and Petersburg area.

Officials are urging residents to take precautions to prevent exposure to tick-borne diseases including Lyme and Babesiosis.

Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection like Lyme disease. The first symptoms of Anaplasmosis typically begin with 1-3 weeks after the bite of an infected tick. Infection leads to flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, chills and nausea.

Unlike Lyme, a rash is not common with Anaplasmosis. The infection usually produces a mild to moderately severe illness. It can be very severe in people with weak immune systems, and treatment is similar to that of Lyme.

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