Medical officials are warning residents of a new tick borne disease that has been found in Central New York patients.
In the latest details from New York Upstate.com, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY has confirmed at least two patients who have been exposed to what is being referred to as BMD – a tick borne disease that officials say can be worse than Lyme and can be harder to diagnose.
This type of bacterium was originally discovered in Japan in the 1990’s, however; was never found in humans until 2011, officials say.
The disease is reportedly carried through the ever familiar deer tick, according to experts. SUNY ESF professor and tick expert Brian Leydet told reporters that the illness is so new, scientists haven’t had time to learn more on how it’s transmitted and a small percentage of doctors are aware of the bacterium to test for it.
“That’s what’s terrifying about it. Knowing so little about it and it’s in our backyard,” he said.
Compared to ticks carrying Lyme disease in Central New York, which has been reported between 30 and 50%, only about two-percent of ticks in Central New York carry BMD.
Medical experts say that patients exhibit similar symptoms to Lyme disease, but do not show signs of rash with BMD and the fevers and headaches tend to be more severe.