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NEW TICK-BOURNE ILLNESS

A new tick-borne illness that could be worse than Lyme disease has made it's way to the U.S.
 
It's caused by a  bacteria of Japanese origin.

It is spread by deer ticks and causes repeated fevers --and it doesn't leave a rash like Lyme disease does--making it more difficult to detect:

The Broome County Health Department cautions people to wear bug spray with "DEET",  check for ticks after coming out of the woods, and wear long pants.

"People with these symptoms will generally be tested for Lyme disease and they will come up negative so that is a problem that some people could be not diagnosed with it because it's so new," said Marianne Yourdon, a communicable disease nurse.

Yourdon says the good news is that this bacteria is uncommon and only found in about two percent of ticks that carry Lyme disease.  Also,  this bacteria is treated the same way that you would treat Lyme disease.

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