Tennessee HS football player hospitalized with tickborne illness, brown recluse bite

A Mount Juliet High School football player is hospitalized and suffering from bites from a tick and a brown recluse spider. (WZTV)

Just over a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in tickborne illnesses, a Middle Tennessee high school football player has been hospitalized from a tick and brown recluse bite.

The Mt. Juliet High School football team issued a tweet on Monday asking for prayers for defensive end Mason Greenwood, a senior at the school.

In a CDC report issued last month, the agency says from 2004-2016 tickborne diseases more than doubled and were 77% of all vectorborne disease reports. Of these, Lyme disease accounted for 82% of illnessess. However, spotted fever, tickettsioses, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis cases also increased.

CDC Director Robert Redfield and Director of the agency's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Lyle Petersen previously issued a caution to citizens, noting the diseases can be widespread and difficult to control.

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