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  • Here's another reason to avoid ticks: cases of the tick-borne disease, ehrlichiosis, have also occurred in Rhode Island.

    In the United States, ehrlichiosis is a disease transmitted by ticks. The lone star tick, the blacklegged tick and the western blacklegged tick are known carriers of this disease. Ehrlichiosis can be found anywhere in the United States.

    Symptoms

    Typically, symptoms may start to appear five to ten days following a tick bite. It is possible that some individuals infected by this disease may not show any symptoms. Sign of ehrlichiosis include:

    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle aches
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Cough
    • Joint pains
    • Rash

    Treatment

    The most common antibiotic used to treat ehrlichiosis is tetracycline. This "broad-spectrum" antibiotic is also used to to treat bacterial infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus fever and other tick-related diseases.

    Here's how you can avoid tick-borne diseases

    A local resource: Lyme Disease Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital