Tag Archives: tick borne disease

Bartonella henselae Bloodstream Infection in a Boy With Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

[CanLyme Note: Bartonella bacteria can be transmitted by ticks, cat scratches, dog saliva, etc.] Published in the Jounral of Central Nervous System Disease, March 18th, Edward B Breitshwerdt et al Abstract Background: With the advent of more sensitive culture and molecular diagnostic testing modalities, Bartonella spp. infections have been documented in blood and/or cerebrospinal fluid specimens from patients with diverse neurological symptoms. Pediatric Continues →

Detection of tick-borne infection in Morgellons disease patients by serological and molecular techniques

Marianne J Middelveen, Iris Du Cruz, Melissa C Fesler, Raphael B Stricker, Jyotsna S Shah 1Atkins Veterinary Services, Calgary, AB, Canada; 2IGeneX Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA; 3Union Square Medical Associates, San Francisco, CA, USA Background: Morgellons disease (MD) is a skin condition associated with Lyme disease (LD) and tick-borne illness. Patients with this skin disorder experience ulcerative lesions that contain multicolored filamentous collagen and keratin inclusions. Continues →

Persistent Borrelia Infection in Patients with Ongoing Symptoms of Lyme Disease

M. Middelveen, et al. PREPRINT Abstract Introduction: Lyme disease is a tickborne illness that generates controversy among medical providers and researchers. One of the key topics of debate is the existence of persistent infection with the Lyme spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, in patients who have been treated with recommended doses of antibiotics yet remain symptomatic. Persistent spirochetal infection despite antibiotic therapy has recently Continues →

Canadian Lyme Consortium makes announcement to Lyme community

February 6th, 2018 On behalf of a growing team of scientists, advocates, and clinicians, we wanted to let you know about a national research network that is taking shape to confront the escalating Lyme disease crisis. The Canadian Lyme Consortium has evolved from the urgent need to accelerate progress in the understanding, detection, and treatment of Lyme disease, and to Continues →

Legislative Package To Fight Lyme Disease Introduced In NY

December 29th, A package of state legislation aimed at fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being introduced ahead of the 2018 session by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), chairwoman of the Senate’s Lyme Task Force. She teamed up with Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Garden City), chairman of the Senate’s Health Committee, to introduce four bills that they hope will Continues →

Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme

[CanLyme note: Canada is only a few hour flight for our many migratory birds who come from Maine (and all of USA) to Canada carrying these infected ticks to our parks, school yards and our back yards.] November 13th, 2017 The illness produces more severe symptoms than Lyme disease and is more difficult to detect; reported cases surged from 52 five 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 →

Dr. Nevena Zubcevik of the Harvard Medical School dispels some long held, over published myths about Lyme disease

Dispelling myths … “Dr. Nevena Zubcevik of the Harvard Medical School, and co-director of the Dean Center for Tick-Borne Illnesses, warned that the medical community is not keeping up with current findings. For example, “The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours is completely outdated,” she said, citing studies that show ticks can transmit disease in Continues →

Entomological Society of America Issues Statement on Tick-borne Diseases

[CanLyme note: CanLyme has no evidence to support the insinuation of the Entomological Society of America in the last sentence of their statement that there may have been “intentional” introduction of tick-borne diseases.] July 29th, 2015 The Entomological Society of America (ESA) strongly supports building a national strategy using Integrated Tick Management (ITM) to better control tick populations and reduce the Continues →

CanLyme makes ‘Dear Abby’ newspaper column… thank you Lyn D.

Dear Abby: Speedy diagnosis essential for treatment of Lyme disease To be published in newspapers May 1st in Canada Dear Abby: May is Lyme disease awareness month. I’m a longtime Canadian reader who has suffered from it for many years. More than 300,000 people are infected by this tick-borne illness every year, yet people know little about it. If someone Continues →

Avril Lavigne announces she has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease

TORONTO — Avril Lavigne has revealed she was bedridden for five months suffering from Lyme disease. “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move,” the Canadian singer told People. “I thought I was dying.” Lavigne said she felt lethargic and lightheaded for months but didn’t know why. She finally got a diagnosis of Lyme disease, Continues →

A Rare Case of ARDS From Human Anaplasmosis

Kaphle U, Kheir F, Thammasitboon S. Respiratory Care, online before print, 2015 Feb 10. Abstract   Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a tick-borne bacterial  disease caused by /Anaplasma phagocytophilum/. ARDS [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome] is a  very rare presentation of human anaplasmosis. Early  suspicion and empiric antibiotics usually prevent rapid  progression of the disease. In our case, despite early  initiation of Continues →

Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases: global challenges in the context of a public health threat

Christian Perronne  c.perronne@rpc.aphp.fr Lyme disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by ticks, was initially considered a recent, rare and regional occurrence. We now have evidence that very similar bacteria infected humans in Europe during the ice age (Keller et al.,2012). Evidence-based data are scarce therefore many aspects of the disease remain controversial (Auwaerter et al.,2011; Lee and Vielmeyer, 2011; Perronne,2012), but in 2013 the Centers Continues →