BANGOR — Maine is seeing a rise in cases of a tick-borne disease known as anaplasmosis.

The Bangor Daily News reports that 38 cases of the bacterial infection have been reported to state health officials so far this year. Twenty-six cases were reported in all of 2011.

Anaplasmosis can cause body aches, fever and headache. Symptoms typically appear within two weeks of a tick bite. The disease is carried by the same kind of tick as the better-known Lyme disease.

State epidemiologist Stephen Sears says most cases of anaplasmosis appear in the late summer and fall.

Health officials say people can avoid ticks by using repellent and wearing long sleeves, pants and socks when in wooded or grassy areas. People should check themselves for ticks after hikes or other outdoor activities.

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