The Rensselaer County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions to prevent exposure to tick borne diseases including Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis.
the warning stems from a significant increase in the number of cases of Anaplasmosis found in Rensselaer County.
Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection, like Lyme disease, caused by the bite of an infected tick. Some ticks can pass both anaplasmosis and Lyme, as well as a less common disease called babesiosis. The first symptoms of anaplasmosis typically begin within 1-2 weeks after the bite by an infected tick. Infection leads to flu-like symptoms, including: fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, chills, nausea, cough, confusion and rarely a rash. The disease can be very severe in people with weak immune systems. Drug treatment for anaplasmosis treatment is similar to that of Lyme disease.
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin noted, “At the start of the summer season, we encourage our residents to be aware of tick borne diseases.” McLaughlin continued, “If any issue does arise, please contact the County Health Department. We wish everyone a safe and healthy summer.”
To prevent exposure residents are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves and loved ones from this and other tick-borne diseases:
- Wear repellent with DEET on skin or clothing.
- Create tick-safe zones in your yard through:
- Appropriate Landscaping
- Applying Pesticides
- Keeping deer away from property
- Check your body, clothing, and pets for ticks.
- Check under arms, ears, the belly button, backs of knees, between legs, around the waist, and in and around all head and body hair.
- Shower soon after being outdoors
- Check clothes carefully or put into a dryer on high heat.
- Prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home by using veterinarian-prescribed tick collars or spot-on treatment.
- Remove attached ticks quickly and carefully using fine tipped tweezers.
For more information please call the Rensselaer County Health Department at 270-2655 or visit us at www.rensco.com. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides more detailed information at the following website http://www.cdc.gov/anaplasmosis/.