Scientist are already predicting a higher than usual year for ticks, but lyme disease is not the only illness you need to worry about. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified a new tick-borne disease, Ehrlichiosis. As of right now the only cases are isolated to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial strain that is spread by deer ticks. It kills white blood cells and may cause fever, body aches, headache and fatigue. Unlike Lyme disease, there is no rash that occurs and the symptoms begin occurring almost immediately. It can be treated with antibiotics, but prevention is the key to not catching it.
According to WCCO Minnesota, In the past two years, only 25 cases of Ehrlichiosis have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, experts believe the numbers are much higher because it can be misdiagnosed, it’s a recently discovered strain and the symptoms are similar to other ailments.
A lot of the recommended steps for preventing ticks such as sticking to trails and wearing bright clothing do not usually work for hunters. We must be ultra vigilant in wearing bug repellent and checking ourselves after each trip. Stay safe out there.
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