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Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis

Human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME) is a rickettsial disease characterized by fever, headache, muscle aches and pain, anorexia, abdominal pain, and confusion occurring 1-3 weeks following the bite of an infected lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. The probable reservoirs are the white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, and wild rodents. Infection prevalence of the causative agent Ehrlichia chaffeensis in lone star ticks is about 12%, while the prevalence of E. ewingii, a similar ehrlichial pathogen, is approximately 8%. The American dog tick is considered a secondary vector of E. chaffeensis. Over 10 cases of HME have been reported annually in New Jersey since 1995.

Ehrlichiosis Disease Fact Sheet

 

 
lone star tick
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white tailed deer
ehrlichia slide
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