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“People need to think about tick-borne infections in a little broader context than just Lyme,” said Ruth Kriz, a Washington, D.C.-based nurse practitioner who has spent 30 years studying these illnesses. “Ticks carry a lot of infections.”
Along with Lyme disease, common infections in the mid-Atlantic states, Kriz said, are Rickettsia, which causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Babesia, a malaria-like infection. Southern states have a high incidence of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma, which commonly cause fever, headaches and muscle aches, she said.
How bad are the tick troubles this year? Even the U.S. Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta, which tracks the irksome arachnids, is quite cautious about making predictions.