Local Health Officials Express Concern Over Rare Tick-Borne Disease

Lurking deer tick and foot in hiking boot on green grass. Ixodes ricinus or scapularis. Danger in nature

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Health officials across the Capital Region are expressing concern over the resurgence of a previously rare tick-borne illness.

It's called anaplasmosis and can cause symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches and vomiting. In more serious cases, respiratory problems, bleeding, organ failure and even death have been reported. The highest number of cases locally have been in Warren County and Rensselaer County. All residents are being urged to take the proper precautions while outdoors to prevent being bitten by a tick.

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