Deer ticks bring more danger to us and our pets than just Lyme disease. Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis are potentially serious tick-borne diseases that while still rare, are becoming more common in Massachusetts each year.
Symptoms of Babesiosis
Babesiosis is caused by parasites transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected deer ticks. Many people infected with babesiosis do not experience symptoms, while some may develop flu-like symptoms such as chills, fever, sweats, headaches, body aches, loss of appetite, nausea, and fatigue. If the parasite infects the red blood cells, it can cause hemolytic anemia. Severe babesiosis may cause symptoms such as jaundice and dark urine. Babesiosis is especially dangerous to those who are elderly, don’t’ have a spleen, have a weakened immune system or other major health condition. If you suspect Babesiosis, it is important to see your doctor.
Symptoms of Anaplasmosis
Anaplasmosis is caused by a bacteria transmitted by an infected deer tick. Symptoms can include fever, chills, nausea, headaches and body aches. Anaplasmosis is treated with antibiotics when caught early and treated promptly patients usually make a full recovery. Anaplasmosis can become severe or even fatal if not caught in time or patients with a compromised immune system. Symptoms of severe Anaplasmosis can include kidney failure, difficulty breathing, neurological problems or hemorrhage. If you suspect Anaplasmosis, see your doctor right away.
While we don’t like to cause anyone undo fear of tick-borne diseases in Worcester, we want to be sure you know what you need to know to protect yourself. Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the best protection against tick-borne disease of all varieties. With Mosquito Squad of Worcester, you can take back your yard by eliminating over 90% of ticks with our Intensive Tick Treatment. Our combination of tick spray and tick tubes is the best method for eliminating ticks in every life stage for long-term tick control. Call us today!