Anaplasma species infection mimics many other conditions, including other chronic infections. If you are experiencing hard-to-diagnose chronic symptoms and have had a recent tick attachment or live in a region endemic for Anaplasma species in ticks, you should consider testing for Anaplasma infection. Symptoms can range from mild to serious illness characterized by fever, chills, headache, confusion, myalgia, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, acute weight loss, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, neurological problems and other conditions that may require immediate medical attention. This zoonotic infection is primarily transmitted to humans by Ixodes ticks, but can also be transmitted through blood transfusion. Clinical presentations may be more severe when co-infected with multiple tick-borne pathogens.
Anaplasma species PCR test is designed to detect all pathogenic Anaplasma species. Positive results are confirmed by DNA sequencing to identify the infecting species. It is recommended for diagnostic testing for symptomatic patients with risk of exposure.
Are there special requirements prior to testing?
Other relevant lab tests
- PCR tick panel