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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 →

Metamorphoses of Lyme disease spirochetes: phenomenon of Borrelia persisters

Parasites & Vectors 2019 12:237 Natalie Rudenko; Maryna Golovchenko; Katerina Kybicova and Marie Vancova Published May 16, 2019 Abstract The survival of spirochetes from the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) complex in a hostile environment is achieved by the regulation of differential gene expression in response to changes in temperature, salts, nutrient content, acidity fluctuation, multiple host or vector dependent factors, and leads to the formation of dormant subpopulations of Continues →

Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment

[CanLyme Note: The title is a bit misleading.  The bacteria that causes Lyme disease is millions of years old according to research.  Why it spread so quickly in the past 60 years is the question, and climate change (warming) only accounts for some of that spread because countries with colder climates than Canada have had Lyme disease occurring for many years.] Continues →

Oshawa, ON: Lyme Disease: A silent epidemic

Posted on May 14, 2019 by oshawaexpress in IN THE SPOTLIGHT, THE FOURTH ESTATE By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express With Lyme Disease Awareness Month now in full swing, Linda Lowery hopes awareness regarding the disease will spread. Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that affects people and animals. It spreads by the bite of an infected tick. However, according to Lowery there is so much more Continues →