Cases of tick-borne anaplasmosis grow in Rensselaer County

April 30, 2018 11:55 AM

As NewsChannel 13 has been reporting, this summer was expected to be a bad one for tick-borne diseases and now we're seeing proof of that. Cases of anaplasmosis are growing in Rensselaer County, with eight reported on Friday morning alone, prompting the county to issue an alert to residents.

Just to reiterate, it's not an increase in Lyme but anaplasmosis that we're talking about which is transmitted by the bite of a deer tick and western black-legged tick.

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According to the Rensselaer County public health director, since May 1, there have been 85 confirmed cases of anaplasmosis compared to a total of 109 cases for all of last year.

Castleton had five cases last week. There were eight or nine so far in Hoosick Falls.

People exposed to the disease often have a difficult time being diagnosed because of the nature of the symptoms.

Those with anaplasmosis often become very ill, with a high fever, sometimes as high as 104. Most will experience headaches, muscle pain, chills and will have a visible spot where the infection has occurred.

With Lyme disease, a classic sign is a rash that will occur anywhere from three to 32 days after the bite and it looks like a bullseye, though only 25 to 50 percent of people will develop it.

The good news is this disease is something that can be treated with an antibiotic taken for 10 to 14 days.

It's safe to say this increase in cases is likely happening in most areas.   

A spokesperson for the Albany County Health Department tells NewsChannel 13 there have been 17 cases so far this year, compared to 10 in all of last year.

NewsChannel 13 will continue to track cases in the Capital Region and bring you updated numbers throughout the summer.

More information:

Preventing tick bites


WNYT Staff

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