Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease. The condition affects people of all ages who are exposed to tick bites. The majority of cases have been reported in the U.S. during the summer months. It is most common in the upper Midwest and northeast regions of the U.S.
The condition was first recognized as a human disease in the 1990s. Signs and symptoms associated with anaplasmosis include
It has been reported to be fatal in less than 1% of cases.
Cause of anaplasmosis
The bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum causes anaplasmosis. The causative bacteria spreads to people by tick bites primarily from the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus).
Other anaplasmosis symptoms and signs
Pictures, Images, Illustrations & Quizzes
8 First Aid Kit Essentials for Scrapes, Cuts, Bug Bites, and More
Are you always prepared for a first aid crisis? See which basic first aid items to pack to treat minor scrapes, cuts, and stings...
Bad Bugs: Identify Insects and Bug Bites
What do bug bites look like? How do you treat bug bites? Why do bug bites burn? See spider bite pictures and learn how to...
Pet Health Pictures Slideshow: What You Need to Know About Fleas and Ticks
Watch this pet health slideshow to see the warning signs of flea and tick infestation and the best treatments for dogs, cats, and...
Summer Skin Risks: Sunburn, Bug Bites & Poison Ivy
When it comes to summer, there plenty of hazards under the sun! Take the Summer Skin Hazards Quiz and clue in on the dangers to...
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter