Rise in Babesiosis Cases, Pennsylvania, USA, 2005-2018 Rise in Babesiosis Cases, Pennsylvania, USA, 2005-2018
In light of the emergence of babesiosis in the state of Pennsylvania, clinicians should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this zoonotic disease.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - August 12, 2020 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

First England case diagnosed of tick-borne babesiosis
Be 'tick alert' say health officials, following the diagnosis for the first time of a rare illness. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Found In More Than A Third Of Maine Deer Ticks
ORONO, Maine (AP) — More than a third of the deer ticks submitted to a Maine lab last year tested positive for Lyme disease, a surveillance report from the lab said. The report is from the University of Maine Tick Lab. The lab found that a smaller percentage of ticks tested positive for anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which are other tick-borne diseases. The tick lab’s manager, Griffin Dill, said the information will help authorities learn how fast the ticks are spreading in the state. The study is the first of its kind in Maine, the Bangor Daily news reported. The report found that just shy of 39% of deer ticks t...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Deer Ticks LYME DISEASE Maine news Source Type: news

Maine Had Record Number Of Lyme Disease Cases In 2019
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine reported a record number of Lyme disease cases last year, and the number could rise as data continues to trickle in, officials said Thursday. There were at least 2,079 cases in 2019, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. It’s too early to say why the numbers grew last year. But the numbers underscore the importance of taking precautions to avoid tick bites, said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC. Winter is a time of low ticket activity. But ticks can be active when the temperature climbs above 40, as it did last weekend in Maine. The state also experie...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston LYME DISEASE Maine news ticks Source Type: news

Roche Packs New FDA-Approved Test in Its Arsenal
Roche has won a nod from FDA for a new diagnostic for individual blood donation testing. The Basel-Switzerland-based company’s cobas Babesia test is for use on the cobas 6800/8800 system. Cobas Babesia detects parasites that live in red blood cells. Roche said this test is an important advancement because the Babesia parasite cannot be detected in traditional plasma or serum samples. The test can detect the four-common species of Babesia and employs the new whole blood collection tube, which simplifies Babesia sample preparation by consolidating steps within the tube itself to provide an efficient solutio...
Source: MDDI - September 20, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

FDA approves cobas Babesia, Roche ’s first whole blood test for donor screening
Roche today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cobas Babesia test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems for individual blood donation testing. (Source: Roche Media News)
Source: Roche Media News - September 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA approves cobas Babesia, Roche ’s first whole blood test for donor screening
Roche today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the cobas Babesia test for use on the cobas 6800/8800 Systems for individual blood donation testing. (Source: Roche Investor Update)
Source: Roche Investor Update - September 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How an emerging tick-borne pathogen evades detection
Researchers have discovered how Babesia microti, one of the parasites that transmit the disease babesiosis, communicates with its host to export its antigens. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - June 19, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Babesiosis Surveillance - United States, 2011-2015
CDC summarizes babesiosis surveillance in the United States for 2011-2015. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 30, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Parasitic Diseases Source Type: news

Yale scientists develop new system to study emerging tickborne disease
Yale-led researchers have developed a novel system for studying the potentially fatal tickborne parasite Babesia duncani using human red blood cells. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - November 29, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Tickborne Diseases Hit Record Levels In U.S.
(CBS News) – New government research shows that tickborne diseases like Lyme disease continue to rise. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that in 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of illnesses spread by ticks. Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. The CDC said there were 59,349 confirmed cases of tickborne diseases in 2017, up from 48,610 in 2016. In past years, h...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CBS News LYME DISEASE ticks Source Type: news

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Who Tried to Lose Weight During the Past 12 Months, by Sex --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007--2008 to 2015--2016
From 2007-2008 to 2015-2016, the age-adjusted percentage of adults who tried to lose weight during the past 12 months increased from 43.3% to 49.3%. This increase was seen among both men (35.5% to 42.2%) and women (51.2% to 56.3%). The percentage of women who tried to lose weight in the past year was higher than men for each survey year from 2007-2008 to 2015-2016. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Nutrition Weight Management Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exerci Source Type: news

Erratum: Vol. 67, No. 40
In the report " Vaccination Coverage for Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten --- United States, 2017-18 School Year, " on page 1121, an incorrect figure was published. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exercise Source Type: news

Erratum: Vol. 67, No. 33
In the report " National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years - United States, 2017, " on page 914, in Table 2, the entry for the column " Difference " and row " ≥3 Hepatitis B doses " should have read -2.6 (-4.8 to -0.3). (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exercise Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Contact Tracing Investigation after First Case of Andes Virus in the United States --- Delaware, February 2018
In January 2018, a patient admitted to a Delaware hospital tested positive for hantavirus immunoglobulin M and immunoglobulin G antibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay testing. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exercise Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Reference Laboratory Investigation of Patients With Clinically Diagnosed Lyme Disease and Babesiosis --- Indiana, 2016
In June 2016, a physician in northwestern Indiana reported a high prevalence of clinically diagnosed Lyme disease among his patients. To further evaluate these findings, the Indiana State Department of Health and CDC conducted a laboratory investigation using specimens from some of the patients. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Tags: Babesiosis (Babesia Infection) Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Workplace Safety Health Workplace Wellness Exercise Source Type: news

The Best —and Worst—Ways to Remove a Tick From Your Skin
This article originally appeared on Health.com (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda MacMillan / Health.com Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

FDA OKs First Tests for Tickborne Parasite in Blood, Plasma FDA OKs First Tests for Tickborne Parasite in Blood, Plasma
The new donor screening tests from Imugen will help reduce risk for transfusion-transmitted babesiosis.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Alert Source Type: news

First Screening Tests Approved for Tickborne Parasite
WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 -- The first set of blood screening tests for the tickborne parasite Babesia microti have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Also dubbed B. microti, the parasite infects 1,000 to 2,000 people per year... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 7, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Babesia and Lyme disease: What's the connection?
Lyme disease is commonly caused by ticks. Another lesser known risk of tick bites is babesia, a dangerous microparasite that can infect human blood. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

New Milford man dies of tick-borne illness in Connecticut
Michael Yoder, 55, died of liver and kidney failure after contracting babesiosis from a tick bite, according to the state's medical examiner. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babesiosis Surveillance -- Wisconsin, 2001-2015 Babesiosis Surveillance -- Wisconsin, 2001-2015
Is the tickborne disease babesiosis on the rise in the upper Midwest?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

It ’ s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther
The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk, even for more rare illnesses. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANERI PATTANI Tags: Ticks (Insects) Lyme Disease Babesiosis Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Southampton Hospital Long Island (NY) Southampton (NY) Westchester County (NY) Source Type: news

Babesiosis Surveillance — Wisconsin, 2001–2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - July 6, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This Could Be The Worst Tick Season In Years. Here's What You Need To Know.
Tick season is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a real doozy. Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the U.S. Ticks are thriving thanks to a recent explosion of the white-footed mice population, which carry Lyme disease, Powassan virus and other tick-borne illnesses. Meanwhile, warmer winters caused by climate change are allowing ticks to remain active longer and carry diseases into new regions of the U.S. Experts suggest people living in regions where these diseases are most prevalent ― the North...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scientists uncover details on the rise of a tick-borne disease on Long Island
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report elevated levels of a pathogen responsible for the tick-borne disease babesiosis in Suffolk County, New York, where rates are the highest in the state. Results are published in the journal mSphere. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UMass Amherst tick testing lab joins national ecology tracking project
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) The LMZ at UMass Amherst earned a two-year, renewable contract for up to $112,000 per year to test several thousand ticks for six bacterial and one protozoan pathogen using DNA-based assays. UMass Amherst microbiology professor and LMZ director Stephen Rich says these tests will detect the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis, among others. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Postbabesiosis Hemolytic Anemia: Asplenic Patients at Risk Postbabesiosis Hemolytic Anemia: Asplenic Patients at Risk
Warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia occurred in 7% of patients treated for babesiosis at one center; they comprised a third of all asplenic patients treated.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Exploring a New Complication from an Emergent Tickborne Parasite
Investigating cases of warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAHA) in patients after treatments for babesiosis (Source: BWH for Journalists)
Source: BWH for Journalists - March 9, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Exploring a new complication from an emergent tickborne parasite
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Sporadic cases of warm-antibody autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAHA) have been observed in patients after treatments for babesiosis. Investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital present six cases of WAHA after babesiosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 8, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Researchers Unravel How Ticks Protect Themselves from Lyme Disease Bacteria and Other Microbes
Everyone agrees that ticks are exceedingly nasty creatures. For hundreds of millions of years, they have survived on Earth by sucking blood from their victims for days, often leaving behind terrible diseases as a thank-you note. In humans, these diseases include many unpleasant and dangerous illnesses, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, babesiosis, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, and tularemia, to name a few. (Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines)
Source: University of Maryland School of Medicine News Headlines - March 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Double Test Cuts Odds of Getting Parasite From Blood Transfusion Double Test Cuts Odds of Getting Parasite From Blood Transfusion
An experimental test for the parasite that causes babesiosis was able to prevent the disease from infecting people through blood transfusion, according to a new study of nearly 90,000 U.S. blood donors.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - December 9, 2016 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Double test cuts odds of getting parasite from blood transfusion
An experimental test for the parasite that causes babesiosis was able to prevent the disease from infecting people through blood transfusion, according to a new study of nearly 90,000 U.S. blood donors. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Malaria-Like Parasite From Ticks Spreading To U.K. Through Dogs
Mepron, a thick liquid antimicrobial drug used to treat Babesia and malaria, as well as a fungal infection called Pneumocystitis carinii. In 2011, the United Kingdom stopped requiring that dogs brought into the country be inspected for ticks. Earlier this year, several dogs tested positive for babesia, a malaria-like disease transmitted to ticks that previously had only been found in foreign. These dogs had never left the U.K. While babesiosis is a new worry to U.K. dog owners, it's been a threat to human beings for years -- it just hasn't become a health-scare-of-the-week like Zika, West Nile, avian and swine flu. Most...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canine babesiosis outbreak in UK under control, but needs monitoring
Scientists are using the health records of dogs to monitor the status of a potentially fatal tick-borne disease that appears to have been imported into the UK. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Canine babesiosis outbreak in UK under control -- but needs monitoring
(University of Liverpool) Scientists at the University of Liverpool are using the health records of dogs to monitor the status of a potentially fatal tick-borne disease that appears to have been imported into the UK. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

"It's A Scandal" -Daryl Hall on Doctors Denying Chronic Lyme
Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed b...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice
A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, report researchers. This 'radical' therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice
A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, said Yale researchers. This “radical” therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - June 6, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Yale News Source Type: news

Drug Duo Cures a Tick-Borne Disease -- in Mice
MONDAY, June 6, 2016 -- Babesiosis is a sometimes serious illness transmitted to humans by ticks. Now, researchers say a two-drug combo seems to have cured the illness in mice. Babesiosis -- transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the bacteria... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 6, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Combination therapy cures tick-borne illness in mice
(Yale University) A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, said Yale researchers. This 'radical' therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 6, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener Solved!
Readers solve the case of a previously healthy 67-year-old gardener who is too exhausted and feverish to garden. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 3, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: LISA SANDERS, M.D. Tags: Babesiosis Fever Gardens and Gardening Hepatitis Ticks (Insects) Doctors Featured Live Think Like a Doctor Source Type: news

Make the Diagnosis: Smear Savvy
(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 45-year old male patient with no significant past medical history presents with recurrent fevers, fatigue, arthralgias, and general malaise that have persisted for the past two months. He denies any weight loss, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or headaches. He is a Boy Scout leader who spent the summer chaperoning at a Boy Scout camp. A physical examination shows fever, scleral icterus, and mild hepatosplenomegaly. Laboratory studies reveal anemia, elevated lactate dehydrogenase, thrombocytopenia, elevated total bilirubin, low haptoglobin, reticulocytosis, elevated liver enzymes, a...
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - April 21, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What is babesiosis and what can be done to stop its spread?
An outbreak of the disease affecting some dogs in Essex has vets, pet owners and the government very concernedWhat is babesiosis?A malaria-like disease resulting in anaemia in dogs which is caused by single-celled babesia parasites spread by ticks. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 16, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver Tags: UK news Dogs Animals Pets Life and style Infectious diseases Science Essex Microbiology Source Type: news

Tick-borne disease that can kill dogs will spread in UK, experts warn
Four dogs became seriously ill with at least one dying in first UK babesiosis outbreak as experts blame relaxation of pet travel rulesAnimal disease experts have blamed a relaxation in European pet travel restrictions for the first recorded outbreak in the UK of a tick-borne disease that can be fatal for dogs. Related: What is babesiosis and what can be done to stop its spread? Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 16, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Weaver Tags: Dogs Animals Life and style Pets UK news Infectious diseases Science Biology Essex Source Type: news

Big Tick Project warns of threat from new tick-borne diseases
Recent confirmed cases of Babesia canis in dogs that have not travelled abroad, have increased the need for surveillance of tick-borne disease in the UK, according to scientists at the University of Bristol conducting the Big Tick Project in conjunction with MSD Animal Health. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - March 16, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Biological Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Dog owners warned of fatal tick-borne disease canine babesiosis which is likely to spread around UK
Four dogs have contracted the condition in recent months despite not travelling abroad, with three of the animals dying (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: ticks essex dog canine babesiosis dog owners tick disease tick borne Source Type: news

What are the Most Common Arboviruses in Children in the US?
Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and c...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What are the Most Common Arbovirus in Children in the US?
Discussion Arboviruses are viruses transmitted by arthropods (primarily mosquitos and ticks) to humans. Most infections are asymptomatic. Many others have mild symptoms such as an influenza-like illnesses. But for some patients they can cause neuroinvasive disease with meningitis, encephalitis and flaccid paralysis. Some patients also unfortunately die. Diagnosis is by serum or cerebrospinal fluid IgM antibody to the specific virus. Treatment is supportive only as there is no specific treatment and currently there are no vaccines for prevention. Mosquito bite and tick bite prevention are the best options for families and c...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks
Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years. In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  While Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics when caught in early stages, if untreated, the illness can cause permanent and potentially devastating complications, from memory loss to chronic joint inflammation to heart arrhythmia. Know Your Risk While Lyme disease is the most famous illness t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news