Volume 93, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is an acute, febrile illness transmitted by the ticks and in the United States. We present a summary of passive surveillance data for cases of anaplasmosis with onset during 2008–2012. The overall reported incidence rate (IR) was 6.3 cases per million person-years. Cases were reported from 38 states and from New York City, with the highest incidence in Minnesota (IR = 97), Wisconsin (IR = 79), and Rhode Island (IR = 51). Thirty-seven percent of cases were classified as confirmed, almost exclusively by polymerase chain reaction. The reported case fatality rate was 0.3% and the reported hospitalization rate was 31%. IRs, hospitalization rates, life-threatening complications, and case fatality rates increased with age group. The IR increased from 2008 to 2012 and the geographic range of reported cases of anaplasmosis appears to have increased since 2000–2007. Our findings are consistent with previous case series and recent reports of the expanding range of the tick vector .


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  • Received : 10 Feb 2015
  • Accepted : 11 Mar 2015

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