Warren County warns of surge in rare disease from tick bites

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A warning from Warren County Health Services. There is a surge in cases of a once-rare disease that’s caused by tick bites.

The county has documented 40 cases of anaplasmosis so far this year.

With some people, the infection can be more severe than Lyme disease.

Warren County says several local residents have been hospitalized with it.

Symptoms include fever or chills, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you are going into the woods or grassy areas, you should take precautions like using insect repellent and walking in the middle of the trail when hiking.

Perform a full body check after an outing, and shower as soon as you come home.