OTHER TICK-BORNE DISEASES
The same tick that carries the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, can also transmit other illnesses. The most common are Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Bartonella henselae. It is estimated that up to 20% of the ticks with Lyme disease may have one of these other diseases. Babesiosis is like malaria, with the symptoms of acute disease being fever, chills, vomiting and fatigue. It is usually self-limiting, except in patients who have undergone splenectomy. There are two forms of Ehrlichiosis: HGE (Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis) and HME (Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis). HGE is primarily on the East coast, upper Midwest and California. HME is primarily in the Southeast, lower Midwest and Southwest. These acute diseases may have symptoms of fever, chills, vomiting and fatigue and require prompt antibiotics. Subclinical forms of these diseases may be present in patients with Lyme disease.