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Other Tick-borne Diseases

Human Ehrlichiosis

CAUSE
Ehrlichia chaffeensis transmitted by ticks
SYMPTOMS
Acute fever with headache, muscle ache and nausea
TREATMENT
Seek medical attention from a physician
PREVENTION
Avoid tick-infested habitats during spring and early summer.
Use personal protection, such as wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves.
OTHER FACTS
In 1991 there were 262 cases and 4 deaths reported in four states in the United States, mostly occurring in Missouri and Oklahoma

Powassan Encephalitis

CAUSE
Flavivirus transmitted by ticks
SYMPTOMS
Sudden onset of fever, sore throat, sleepiness, headache and disorientation
Encephalitis, meningitis and partial paralysis may develop.
TREATMENT
Seek medical attention from a physician
PREVENTION
Avoid tick-infested habitats during spring and early summer.
Use personal protection, such as wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves.
OTHER FACTS
Animal hosts include marmots, sciurid rodents, rabbits, hares, carnivores and birds.
Only 19 cases have been reported, which were in New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec

Babesiosis

DESCRIPTION
Protozoan disease
LOCATION
Coastal areas of New England and adjacent offshore islands
CAUSE
Transmitted by wild rodents, especially white-footed mice.
SYMPTOMS
Gradual onset of fever, sweating, loss of appetite, fatigue, general muscle ache and possible prolonged anemia.
TREATMENT
Seek medical attention from a physician
PREVENTION
Avoid tick-infested habitats during spring and early summer.
Use personal protection, such as wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves.

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