If In Doubt, Get Your Tick Bite Checked Out!
There are a few tick borne illnesses that we should all be mindful of, the most common being Lyme disease. However, another rare bacteria that we should be educating ourselves on is anaplasma phagocytophilum. This nasty germ can be spread by an infected tick, resulting in anaplasmosis. Here’s an article with more information as to what you should be looking for.
With the wet and warm weather that has persisted into this fall, anaplasmosis cases are on the rise, said Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. The anaplasmosis bacteria are carried by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease, Morse explained, “So when you see an increase in Lyme disease, you’ll see an increase in the other tick-borne diseases, like anaplasmosis.”
With no glaringly obvious visual symptoms, as with Lyme disease, it’s important that if you feel any suspicious flu-like symptoms, and you have been into a habitat likely to be attractive to ticks, then you should see medical attention immediately.
Have you recently been bitten by a tick? Did you know how to remove it safely and have you had any symptoms that you feel could be the result of a tick borne virus?
Ticks crawled on his arms and legs almost every day on walks in the woods behind his home – but when they bit him, he never got the rash typical of some tick-borne diseases. Then one day in June, he started to run a fever. Days passed, and the fever persisted. Food didn’t taste right. He started to struggle with walking. His heart raced.
The message we’re trying to get across to you, is that there are no warning signs. No bulls eye rash, no obvious flag being waved in front of you that you could be infected. The only sign you have is your own intuition and if in doubt, get that tick bite checked out with a medical expert. It’s worth the time to eliminate the worry and concern of a disease transmitted by a tick.