Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Infection with parasitic rickettsiae of the genus Ehrlichia, especially E. sennetsu, that are transmitted by ticks and produce manifestations in humans similar to those of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, including rash, muscle pain, and fever.

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  • noun medicine A tick-borne disease caused by infection with bacteria of the genus Ehrlichia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Ehrlichia, family name (after Paul Ehrlich) + –osis.]

Examples

  • The disease, called ehrlichiosis, was caused by a previously unknown bacteria that appears to be spreading in the region, according to the report.

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  • Two other deer tick-borne diseases are more familiar to the general public than babesiosis - anaplasmosis, which involves parasites of the white blood cells (also known as ehrlichiosis), and Lyme disease, named after the town in Connecticut where it was first recognized in the 1970s.

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  • For all I know, it was a coinfection such as mycoplasma or chlamydia pneumoniae or even some kind of ehrlichiosis that my body was able to clear on its own, although I never tested remotely positive for ehrlichiosis, or some kind of post-infection autoimmune reaction.

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  • My vet, from Bigfork, Minn., says that he's seeing many cases of ehrlichiosis (carried by deer ticks), as well as Lyme in dogs.

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  • My vet, from Bigfork, Minn., says that he's seeing many cases of ehrlichiosis (carried by deer ticks), as well as Lyme in dogs.

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  • Ticks act as the vectors for such arthropod-borne maladies as Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (Rickettsia rickettsii), Tularemia (Francisella tularensis), and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia chaffeensis).

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  • In areas of endemicity, coinfection with Borrelia microti or the Ehrlichia species that causes human granulocytic ehrlichiosis HGE may explain persistent symptoms for a small number of these patients.

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  • When my son, Chris, had Lyme disease, blood tests confirmed that it was accompanied by the virulent bacteria ehrlichiosis, so his doctor immediately put him on an antibiotic.

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  • There have been some 100 cases of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) and more than 400 of human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), with more than 10 fatalities, since the diseases were recognized, in 1993 and 1985.

    The Almanac

  • The other forms of ehrlichiosis haven't been a huge health problem; fewer than five deaths a year in the United States were reported in the past decade.

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