Cases of babesiosis, a deadly tickborne disease, are on the rise in New England | GBH

Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are widely known for carrying Lyme disease. Another, lesser known disease they can spread is babesiosis. While most people experience mild flulike symptoms of fatigue, fever, and muscle aches, it can be fatal for older adults, immunocompromised people, and those without a spleen.

CEID faculty Dr. Cassandra Pierre tells GBH, “We have an increased number of cases of babesiosis here and increased geographic spread, partly due to climate and partly due to the fact that we have encroached into areas that were previously wooded.” Read more here.