Ticks infect New Yorkers with a disease whose symptoms are similar to coronavirus

Did you feel the symptoms of coronavirus when you were in nature? It may not be a coronavirus, but a tick-borne disease, but with similar symptoms

Anaplasmosis leads to a bacterium, which most often can be picked up after a tick bite. It leads to fever, headache, chills, and muscle pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These are all the symptoms that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also lists for coronavirus.

If left untreated, anaplasmosis can be fatal, and there has recently been an increase in cases of disease infection in New York. “Cases have increased, especially in northeastern New York,” said Byron Buckenson of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. “There are areas of the state where we notice ticks that are much more infected with the bacteria that lead to anaplasmosis.”

To warn the public about the disease is quite difficult due to news about the coronavirus, Byron notes. In addition, anaplasmosis often remains in the shade due to Lyme disease or tick-borne borreliosis, a disease that ticks often transmit. Recent cases of people with anaplasmosis in New York State (excluding the city of New York) have tripled from 2009 to 2018, according to Explorer.

The disease, although potentially deadly, is easily identifiable. In addition to an inexplicable increase in the spread of the disease, there is also an increase in people who are tired of quarantine, who are sent to the forest along with the warming weather. These people are little prepared to avoid or cope with a tick bite. To tell people more about how to avoid and remove ticks, Department of Health officials have created a special page with recommendations for Americans.