New Hampshire Nature March 28, 2023
by Ken MacGray A Tickborne Illness That Can Be More Severe Than Lyme Disease Is On The Rise In New Hampshire
Outdoor recreation is a way of life here in the Granite State. Generally, the woods are a safe place to be, but illness from tick bites is a growing concern for anyone who spends time in the state’s forests. In addition to the existing well-known consequences of tick bites, a new tickborne illness is becoming more prevalent in the region.
a new report released by the Centers For Disease Control, babesiosis, a tickborne disease, is on the rise in the northeast. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
The rising trend is being attributed to increased deer populations, more human activity in forested areas, and shorter winters where ticks are surviving better.
In addition to seven other U.S. states, babesiosis is now considered endemic in the northeast states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Babesiosis, like Lyme disease, is carried by adult deer ticks. Both illnesses share the same symptoms, so diagnosis can be difficult. Babesiosis, however, can be diagnosed with a blood test.
Ticks are sneaky in that they will wait on brush or grass for a host to come by. They are drawn to the body heat and motion of passing humans and animals.
If hiking, avoid brushy or grassy trails where ticks may be waiting to hitch a ride. If such trails can't be avoided, hike in the center in the clearest area.
If you do find that tick has bitten you, remove it as soon as possible. It needs to be attached for more than 36–48 hours in order to transfer the
Babesia microti parasite.
One of the best ways to avoid picking up ticks is by wearing long clothing with cuffs tucked in at the wrists and ankles.
Here are more ways you can protect yourself from tick bites. Also, be sure to thoroughly check your pets for ticks after being outdoors. The most updated information on babesiosis can be found on the Centers For Disease Control website.
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