A new tick-borne disease is on the rise in Vermont.
The University of Vermont College of Medicine studied “Anaplasmosis.” It’s a bacterial infection transmitted after being bit by a black-legged tick or deer tick, the same ticks that spread Lyme disease.
Symptoms include fever, headaches, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.
“One of the things that is unique to Anaplasmosis is different from Lyme Disease is your actually only rarely going to have a rash. Most people think of having the bulls-eye. With Anaplasmosis you won’t have that,” said Molly Markowitz, a second-year medical student at the College of Medicine.
According to the Vermont Health Department, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases over the past five years.
To date, there have been 115 confirmed and probable cases in Vermont.