CDC: Cases of tick-borne 'Anaplasmosis' surging in Maine

The Maine CDC says there have been 500 cases of "anaplasmosis" so far in 2017. (USDA)

PORTLAND (WGME) – Experts say a tick-borne illness is on the rise in Maine and it can be more severe than Lyme disease.

According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases has increased from 52 in 2012 to more than 500 so far in 2017.

Susan Elias at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute said it seems to be increasing the way Lyme Disease did through the years and she expects that trend to continue.

Symptoms include fever, headache, chills and muscle aches, much like the flu, and usually show up 1-2 weeks after you're bitten by an infected deer tick.

Fall is prime time for adult deer ticks, which are the only ticks that transmit Anaplasmosis.

Experts recommend wearing protective clothing, using EPA approved repellent, and most importantly, performing daily tick checks.

"We always recommend when you come inside from being outside then go ahead and look yourself over and look your pets over for ticks, but then do it again at shower time or bath time in the night," said Elias.

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