Thankfully for anyone planning on spending time upstate, this tick-borne illness is treatable. But the fact that the symptoms can be confused with those of COVID presents an entirely new set of complications for people in the area. Health officials worry the emergence of anaplasmosis could cause complications as woodsmen in areas like Saratoga and the Adirondacks start heading outdoors again as pandemic lockdown restrictions are eased and the weather gets warmer. Backenson reminds health care workers in upstate New York that despite the focus on coronavirus, tick-borne illnesses are back in season. The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York is a special place to me.
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Can there be anything ickier to have to deal with in the out of doors? In my plus years of wandering around most every nook and cranny of the wilds of north Simcoe County I have never laid eyes on a tick Now they seem to be 'everywhere'! They have been crawling on my shirt, imbedding in my waist, pulled from my hair, flicked off my pants, and have caused an almost constant creepy-crawly feeling to my skin. I don't like ticks, not even a little bit. So, what's going on out there? Why so many and what to do about them?
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The spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is most common in the summer months. Children and adults are at risk of being exposed. The most common symptom to watch out for is a bullseye rash.
There are two families of ticks found in the United States: Ixodidae hard ticks and Argasidae soft ticks. Of the species of hard ticks and species of soft ticks found throughout the world, only a few are known to bite and transmit disease to humans. Hard ticks and soft ticks have different life cycles, growing larger and changing their appearance at each stage.