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Ticks are carrying much more than just Lyme disease

“We’re finding pathogens that we didn’t know – well, we knew they were there, we just didn’t know how abundant they were. We find in some cases that people are getting sick from getting exposed to those, so we write those up in case studies and medical journals, for example,” Rich said. Access full article

Identification of Novel Zoonotic Activity of Bartonella spp

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Mar;22(3):457-62. doi: 10.3201/eid2203.150269 Abstract Certain Bartonella species are known to cause afebrile bacteremia in humans and other mammals, including B. quintana, the agent of trench fever, and B. henselae, the agent of cat scratch disease. Reports have indicated that animal-associated Bartonella species may cause paucisymptomatic bacteremia and endocarditis in humans. We identified potentially zoonotic strains from Continues →

DON’T COUNT ON A RELAPSING FEVER TO DIAGNOSE BORRELIA MIYAMOTOI

You might assume a patient infected with Borrelia miyamotoi, a relapsing fever spirochete, to present with a relapsing fever. However, your assumption would be wrong 48 out of 50 times, according to a case series published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [1] The authors found that only 2 out of 50 patients infected with the relapsing spirochete B. miyamotoi Continues →

Anti-science old guard taking last dying breaths of continuing to misinform physicians using tax payer dollars

Here is their opinion article title, amazing in 2017 how poorly they reference their evidence… “False and Misleading Information about Lyme Disease”   Here is one of their uniformed statements, “Persistent, unexplained subjective symptoms such as chronic fatigue and pain are common in the general population. Annual surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that approximately Continues →

Woman’s Mystery Illness Turns Out to Be Tick-Borne Disease

By Gillian Mohney and Dr. Sabrina Anna Rebis A 66-year-old woman’s mysterious illness that left her feverish and with slurred speech initially stumped her doctors. As the woman’s condition continued to deteriorate, an infectious disease doctor eventually identified the cause — the woman had contracted a bacterial disease caused by a tick bite. Researchers from George Washington University School of Medicine Continues →

Ceftriaxone Pulse Dosing Fails to Eradicate Biofilm-Like Microcolony B. burgdorferi Persisters Which Are Sterilized by Daptomycin/ Doxycycline/Cefuroxime without Pulse Dosing

Published Nov 2016 Abstract   Although the majority of Lyme disease patients can be cured, at least 10–20% of the patients continue to suffer from persisting symptoms such as fatigue, muscular and joint pain, and neurologic impairment after standard 2–4 week antibiotic treatment. While the causes for this post-treatment Lyme disease symptoms are unclear, one possibility is due to Borrelia Continues →

Australia: A Senate inquiry has recommended urgent government funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia.

Nov. 30th, 2016 Inquiry calls for Lyme funding, research   A Senate committee has recommended the federal government urgently increase funding for research into tick-borne disease in Australia and get to work on finding a treatment. Thousands of Australians claim to be suffering from tick-borne Lyme disease, but medical authorities insist it’s not possible to contract the disease in Australia. Continues →

Halifax: Increasing Threat of Tick-Borne Diseases, Viruses

By Lenny Rowe Halifax town officials are taking steps to raise awareness about tick-borne diseases and viruses. Halifax Health Agent Cathy Drinan and members of the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association gave a presentation last week to inform the public about tick-borne diseases and viruses and the new forms that are spreading rapidly on the South Shore and Cape Cod. Drinan says that there’s Continues →

Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News Monday, August 29th, 2016 While Alaskans have long endured dense mosquitoes and frigid air, we’ve always had the absence of venomous snakes and dog ticks. But the latter may be establishing themselves here. Ticks that infest red squirrels, snowshoe hares and a variety of birds have always been present in Alaska, but a team of biologists and veterinarians Continues →

Tick study gets ‘astonishing’ local response

John Ferro, Poughkeepsie Journal Photo by Sophia Raithel When the scientists behind an ambitious tick studybegan their work in April, they did not know how many Dutchess County families would be willing to grant access to their properties and personal health information. The subjects would have to let researchers onto their yards repeatedly to collect rodents, count ticks and deploy as many as two tick-killing Continues →

Saskatchewan, Canada: Lyme is there and spreading

[CanLyme Note: Lyme disease is not new to Saskatchewan, but it is spreading. Physicians need to be aware and willing to diagnose and, treat clinically based upon the patient response and not a restrictive set of unproven guidelines that limit treatment periods, and they must be able to do so without consequence from their College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Current Continues →