Onondaga Health Department Announces Six Cases of a Rare Disease Spread By Ticks

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Ticks are a major problem in the world. Although they’re barely visible with the naked eye, these pesky parasitic insects are able to cling to the victim for long and even bring a disease along. Lyme is arguably the most notable one, but as for now, the Health Department from Onondaga raises awareness about something else.

Syracuse.com reveals that the Health Department announced yesterday, July 1st, that a rare disease spread by ticks is now rising: anaplasmosis.

Treating Lyme disease can help

Although we’re talking about two different diseases, the way doctors had been dealing with Lyme can also help in the fight against anaplasmosis.

Dr. Indu Gupta, who is the Onondaga County health commissioner, confirms it by saying, as cited by Syracuse.com:

In New York state, the disease is spread by the black-legged tick, which is the same type of tick that typically spreads Lyme disease,
If we are diligent in practicing the same prevention measures we’ve learned to prevent Lyme disease, we are protecting ourselves from other tick borne diseases including anaplasmosis.

Anaplasmosis is also a disease that shouldn’t be neglected by the patient if it kicks in. After getting bitten by a tick carrying the disease, the patient can develop symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, chills, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. If it’s left untreated, anaplasmosis can even cause death in some rare cases.

If you want to prevent getting bitten by ticks, there are a few simple and deductible methods. You can wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, avoid laying down in the grass and clean your pet each time after taking it out for a walk if, of course, you have one. Although many of us love cats and dogs, our furry friends can carry ticks along without their will and knowledge.

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