Author | Jerome Goddard, PhD


What Is New With Ehrlichiosis?

September 01, 2008

Ehrlichia species, which are transmitted by ticks, may causehuman monocytotrophic ehrlichiosis and human granulocyticanaplasmosis. Symptoms of infection include fever, headache,myalgia, progressive leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and anemia.Diagnosis is based on clinical findings, although serologicaltests can identify the specific infectious ehrlichial organism.Tick repellents, particularly permethrin, can help prevent tickbites and lower the risk of infection by tick-borne pathogens.Tetracycline antibiotics are therapeutic for treatment ofehrlichial infections. [Infect Med. 2008;25:425-429]