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Spate Of Fatal Lyme Cases Surprises Health Officials

By WILLIAM WEIR, bweir@courant.com The Hartford Courant 10:06 p.m. EST, December 31, 2013 A series of fatal cases of Lyme disease in the Northeast, including one from Connecticut, have health officials on the lookout for a very rare complication of the tick-borne disease. The first fatality was in November 2012, when a Massachusetts resident was found dead in…

WIDESPREAD DISPERSAL OF BORRELIA BURGDORFERI–INFECTED TICKS COLLECTED [Canada]

Scott JD, Anderson JF, Durden LA J Parasitol. 2012 Feb;98(1):49-59. Epub  2011 Aug 24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21864130 Abstract Millions of Lyme disease vector ticks are dispersed annually by songbirds across Canada, but often overlooked as the source of infection. For clarity on vector distribution, we sampled 481 ticks (12 species and 3 undetermined ticks) from 211 songbirds…