In a follow-up to a report last week, the number of anaplasmosis cases in Maine in 2014 now exceeds the total cases all of last years, according to the Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The Maine Tick Borne Disease Update for August reveals that physicians have already reported more Anaplasmosis cases so far this year than all of last year, 98 in 2014 to date compared to 94 cases in 2013.
The CDC also notes that while the number of Lyme disease cases appear low this year, 526 cases have been reported to date in 2014, compared to 1,376 in all of 2013, the do emphasize that Lyme disease cases take several months to be entered and classified, and they expect the numbers will increase dramatically as reports are received and processed.
The tick borne parasite, Babesia has also been seen in Maine this year as physicians have recorded 17 cases to date. In 2013, Maine saw 36 cases of the malaria-like parasite. Related: Tickborne diseases: It’s not just Lyme disease
Due to the fact that each of these infections are transmitted by the same vector, the Ixodes scapularis tick, co-infections are typically seen. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page
To date in 2014, three co-infections have been reported: two co-infections with anaplasmosis and Lyme disease, and one co-infection with babesiosis and Lyme disease. In 2013, 16 co-infections were reported: nine co-infections of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, four co-infections of Lyme disease and babesiosis, two co-infections of anaplasmosis and babesiosis, and one co-infection of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.