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Rare tick-borne disease confirmed in Illinois

[CanLyme Note: The Lone Star Tick has now made its way to Canada.  Remember, ‘No Tick is a Good Tick’.  Prevention is the key.]   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KWQC) – Beware of Lone Star ticks. They could be infected with a rare, but serious disease. Last summer, a Kankakee County resident tested positive for Heartland virus, the first case reported in Illinois. As Continues →

Listen to CanLyme president Jim Wilson on CBC radio – Radio Canada International

August 5th, 2019 [CanLyme Note: This is just one of several interviews given by Jim Wilson the morning of August 5th. Live separate interviews were done for CBC radio Toronto, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Regina, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Vancouver, and Montreal, each at different time slots.] “We’re in the middle of a Canadian summer, and people are enjoying the best of what Canada’s Continues →

“I’m the author of “BITTEN: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons,” and I’d like to discuss some of the points you raised in your article in “The Conversation.”

An open letter to Dr. Telford from Kris Newby: I’m the author of “BITTEN: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons,” and I’d like to discuss some of the points you raised in your article in “The Conversation.” First, I heartily agree that the Lyme bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, would be an “unlikely weapon.” This organism reproduces very slowly Continues →

HOUSE ORDERS PENTAGON TO REVEAL WHETHER IT TURNED TICKS INTO BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

Lyme disease expert champions investigation into Pentagon weaponizing ticks: ‘It’s a courageous move’ July 21st, 2019   Kris Newby, author of “Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons,” discussed how ticks can be weaponized during an interview with “Fox & Friends Sunday” and supported an investigation into whether or not the Pentagon attempted this feat during the Cold Continues →

A Case of Tularemia in a Prosthetic Joint Infection

https://doi.org/10.3928/01477447-20190627-01 Abstract Periprosthetic infections occur in approximately 0.8% to 1.9% of all total knee arthroplasties (TKAs). Even with these low rates, it is rare to find a zoonotic bacterium causing a periprosthetic infection. In this case report, the authors identify the second documented case of a total joint infection with Francisella tularensis in the world and the first in the United States. Continues →

How many cases of Lyme disease are we missing?

June 27th, 2019 DONNA LUGAR I participated in a “Tick Talk” in Bedford with Lisa Ali Learning of AtlanTick on June 25. One takeaway from that meeting, for me anyway, is that we are not doing enough to ensure Nova Scotians are adequately aware of the risks associated with tick bites. One family, new to the country, had never even Continues →

Avril Lavigne announces 1st tour since Lyme disease diagnosis

June 24th, 2019 “Lavigne says she wrote all of the songs sitting in her bed or on the couch while the effects of Lyme disease made her body feel like it was shutting down. “I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air,” she said last year in Continues →

Co-infection of bacteria and protozoan parasites in Ixodes ricinus nymphs collected in the Alsace region, France

[CanLyme Note: ‘No Tick is a Good Tick’ Canadian ticks are equally co-infected.] https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2019.06.001 Abstract Fifty nymphal Ixodes ricinus ticks collected in Alsace, France, identified by morphological criteria and using MALDI-TOF MS, were tested by PCR to detect tick-associated bacteria and protozoan parasites. Seventy percent (35/50) of ticks contained at least one microorganism; 26% (9/35) contained two or more species. Several human pathogens Continues →

Deadly tick-borne virus cured with experimental flu drug, in mice

Bourbon virus has sickened people in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma   June 13, 2019 “Without the flu drug, 100 percent of the infected mice died, and with the treatment, 100 percent survived,” said Jacco Boon, PhD, an assistant professor of medicine and the paper’s senior author. “Up until now, doctors have not had any way to treat Bourbon virus. We’ve found Continues →

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Mom warns after son’s tick-borne illness

[CanLyme Note: This is why our motto is ‘No Tick is a Good Tick’. Physicians have got to stop telling people not to worry about tick bites in general.  Any species of tick that will bite a human can transmit various serious diseases.] Most people have never heard of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. One mom wants to change that. By Marguerite Ward  Continues →

TICK-BORNE DISEASE COLLABORATIVE CARE TO STREAMLINE HELP FOR MANITOBANS

Manitobans Reminded to Check for Ticks: Friesen June 10th, 2019 The Manitoba government is moving forward with the establishment of a collaborative care service to streamline and improve health services for patients who show symptoms of late Lyme disease and other emerging tick-borne illnesses, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today. “Symptoms of Lyme disease are often Continues →

Death of Hampton man with rare tick-borne virus probed

[CanLyme Note: Powassan virus was first reported in Powassan, Ontario, Canada in 1958.  (McLean DM, McQueen EJ, Petite HE, MacPherson LW, Scholten TH, Ronald K. Powassan virus: field investigations in Northern Ontario, 1959 to 1961. Can Med Assoc J (1962) 86(21):971–4.) 2017… “The prevalence of POWV in endemic areas may be much higher than originally believed. Some asymptomatic people in these areas have serologic evidence of Continues →