Many Wisconsinites enjoy spending time outdoors. While spending time outdoors, Oconto Public Health and the Wisconsin Department of Public Health Services encourage everyone to be aware of ticks and to take steps to prevent tick bites. There are many diseases that can be spread by ticks, including Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis. As of July 1, 2021, there have been 10 cases of Anaplasmosis among Oconto County residents this year, compared to 9 in 2020. Anaplasmosis symptoms include fever, chills, severe headache, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting. Like other tick related illnesses anaplasmosis can be treated effectively with an antibiotic. To prevent tick bites and all tick related illnesses: use repellent on skin and clothing, wear appropriate outdoor clothing, avoid direct contact with ticks, check for ticks after being outside, and quickly remove any ticks you find on your body.  For more information on tick related illnesses, visit dhs.wisconsin.gov