As the warm weather continues, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to take the necessary precautions to avoid tick bites.

The CDC has received a record number of reports of tickborne diseases. And while most people think of Lyme disease when ticks are mentioned, others, such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis, are on the rise. All three of these diseases are carried by the deer tick, which is also known as the black-legged tick.

Providers have reported 424 cases of Lyme disease this year. This number is preliminary, as Lyme disease takes more time to be confirmed and there is lag of several months in case reports. In all of 2015, 1,206 Lyme cases were reported.

As of Aug. 18, providers had reported 224 cases of anaplasmosis, compared to 186 cases in all of 2015. Maine’s previous high for anaplasmosis was 191 cases in 2014. Symptoms of anaplasmosis include fever, headache, malaise and body aches.

Providers also reported 56 cases of babesiosis cases this year, compared to 55 cases reported in 2015. Symptoms of babesiosis include extreme fatigue, aches, fever, chills, sweating, dark urine and anemia. Ticks can be found statewide, but the risk for anaplasmosis and babesiosis is highest in the southern counties and Midcoast region.

According to the CDC's Aug. 18 news release, Knox County has had the highest number of reports of anaplasmosis so far this year, with 50. It has also had 12 reports of babesiosis and 25 reports of Lyme disease. Lincoln County is not far behind, with 46 reports of anaplasmosis, three of babesiosis and 32 reports of Lyme disease. Waldo County has had six reports of anaplasmosis, one of babesiosis and 24 of Lyme.

Maine CDC recommends following the No Ticks 4 ME approach: Use caution in tick-infested areas. Stay on paths and avoid brushing against high grass or shrubs.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants or clothing treated with permethrin.

Use an EPA-approved repellant. Apply repellent according to labels, paying particular attention to how often it should be reapplied.

Perform daily tick checks. Pay special attention to warm, protected areas like the nape of the neck, armpits, groin area and behind the knees.

For more information on anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tick identification and repellent use, visit