(Fox News) – A tick-borne illness with similar symptoms to COVID-19 is reportedly on the rise in New York state. The disease, called anaplasmosis, is caused by a bacteria that is spread to people through tick bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and muscle aches — which are also similar signs of the coronavirus as listed by the CDC. “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, told the news magazine Adirondack Explorer.
The onset of symptoms usually begins one to two weeks after the bite of an infected tick. And while rare, anaplasmosis can be fatal if left untreated. Backenson noted the difficulty in informing the public about the increase of anaplasmosis amid the ongoing global pandemic.
He said it often is also overshadowed by Lyme disease, which is still the most prevalent tick-borne illness in New York with more than 5,500 new cases each year. Not including New York City, the state saw about 300 human cases of anaplasmosis in 2009 but by 2018, records showcases more than tripled, the magazine reported. READ MORE