Lyme disease isn’t the only reason to be on the lookout for ticks anymore. Babesiosis, a relatively new and possibly fatal infection is sweeping the northeast. Although only six cases were reported in 2001 in the Lower Hudson Valley, 2008 brought 119 cases of the tick-borne illness to the area ABC reports, illustrating the speed of the disease’s spread.
Unlike Lyme disease, the illness’s malaria-like symptoms frequently go unnoticed and when they are experienced, they usually consist of a low fever, chills and fatigue. Dr. William Schaffner, head of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School explains the malady, saying, “For the most part, it doesn’t know how to make us sick. If you are young and healthy you may never know you have an infection and it comes and goes all by itself.”