Experts warn of newer tick-borne infection


This story is courtesy of our sister station WTNH in New Haven, CT.

(WTNH) — Lyme disease isn’t the only trouble ticks can bring. Experts say many are unaware of a tick-borne infection called Borellia myotomai.

“It was recognized in the tick in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2011 that some cases in Russia showed this other Borellia can cause human disease,” said state entomologist Kirby Stafford. “The infection rate in the tick is much less than what we see with Lyme disease. We’re talking an average of two-percent or so, but it’s definitely out there.”

Stafford says he knows of about 54 cases in Connecticut.

“Anywhere Lyme disease exists, Borellia myomotai can exist as well,” he said.

Symptoms include chills, fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain. Unlike Lyme disease, rashes are very rare.

The entomologist says the most at risk place to get bit by a tick is the backyard, so it’s important to use bug spray or wear clothes that cover skin. Also, make sure to check for ticks before going back in the house. before you and your children go back inside the house, make sure you check for ticks.

For more information on ticks and protection from them, click here.

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