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Acute Communicable Disease Control


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County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
E-Mail:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov
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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It was previously known as human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) and has more recently been called human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA). Anaplasmosis is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick and is endemic in states where the tick vectors are found: the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in New England and North Central US and the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) in northern CA. States with the highest incidence of anaplasmosis include Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Connecticut.Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Usually, these symptoms occur within 1-2 weeks of a tick bite. Anaplasmosis is initially diagnosed based on symptoms and clinical presentation, and later confirmed by the use of specialized laboratory tests. The first line treatment for adults and children of all ages is doxycycline. Anaplasmosis and other tickborne diseases can be prevented.

Additional Resources
Patient Travel Flyer 7/1/14
MERS Alert Flyer (For Healthcare Professionals) Updated 7/9/14
 Annual Morbidity Report and Special Studies Report 2012 (New)
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