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Tick-borne diseases on the rise, double last year’s number

John Tharp caught a lot more on his fishing trip than he ever wanted.

While fishing on a lake in Dixon, Mo., May 26, Tharp, 59, of Columbia, received a tick bite. Eight days later, he became terribly ill with high fever, upset stomach, vomiting and complete malaise.
A doctor diagnosed his condition as ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease, and prescribed a regimen of antibiotics. Tharp had to cancel a long-planned

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