Tick-Borne Disease With COVID-19-Like Symptoms On The Rise In New York

Per reports, a tick-borne illness that provides symptoms similar to COVID-19 is now on the rise in state of New York.

New Tick-Borne Disease With Symptoms Similar To COVID

According to new reports, the state of New York is suffering from the rise of a new disease with symptoms similar to COVID-19 thanks to ticks.

Called anaplasmosis, the new illness is reportedly caused by a bacteria that is spread through people via tick bites, as per a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, it might be a bit harder to detect because the symptoms that it provides are similar to that of COVID-19, which includes fever, headache, chills and the usual muscle aches. Furthermore, the onset of these symptoms usually starts a week or two after the infected tick bites the person. And while it’s still considered rare as for now, the illness itself can be rather fatal if left on its own.

“That’s one that’s really on the rise, particularly in the northeastern part of New York,” Byron Backenson, deputy director of the state Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, said.

According to Backenson, with majority of the world going through a worrisome pandemic as of the moment, it’s becoming difficult to inform the public of the increase of anaplasmosis cases in New York. Furthermore, he said that the illness itself is also mostly overshadowed by Lyme disease, which is also tick-borne and infects about 5,500 people in New York every year.

However, unlike Lyme disease (where diagnostic tests often provide inaccurate results), the test for anaplasmosis is rather easy. Additionally, it can be easily treated with antibiotics.

And with more people opting to spend some time outdoors after quarantine measures have now eased in numerous parts of the country, Backenson noted that it’s important to be cautious, especially when going to grassy areas where ticks are often found. Per the New York Health Department, these insects usually cling to tall grass, bush and shrubs. The best way to avoid them is to avoid contact with leaf litter, vegetation and soil as much as possible.

tick Thousands of patients with Lyme disease reportedly remain undiagnosed or under-treated in the U.S. due to lack of scientific evidence and outdated screening methods. Pixabay