A new twist on public health tick surveillance
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) A University of Massachusetts Amherst infectious disease epidemiologist has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new surveillance method to better identify specific locations with the highest risk for tick-borne disease transmission. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fashion model, 27, claims CBD has helped her ditch medication for crippling Lyme disease
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly Brooks, 27, of Hampshire, suffers from chronic Lyme disease - a tick-borne condition that has severe symptoms including agonising joint pain, fatigue and headaches. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State ’ s First Human EEE Case Of 2020 Reported In Middleboro
MIDDLEBORO (CBS) — Massachusetts has its first human case of eastern equine encephalitis of 2020, the state’s Department of Public Health reported Monday. The EEE patient is a male under the age of 18 and was exposed in Middleboro. In Plymouth County, the EEE risk level is “critical” for Middleboro and Carver, and high for Plympton, Kingston and Rochester. Both Carver and Middleboro have banned outdoor activities on town properties from dusk until dawn. EEE has been found in 29 mosquito samples this year, the state says. The EEE risk map for Massachusetts. Green indicates a remote risk, Blue is low,...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local EEE Middleboro News 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

EEE Risk Level Raised To High In Carver And Middleboro
CARVER (CBS) — State officials have raised the risk level for Eastern Equine Encephalitis to high in Carver and Middleboro after more mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. Carver is now banning outside activities at parks, playgrounds and beaches from dusk to dawn beginning Saturday. “The mosquito surveillance results indicate that the virus activity has increased in one area in southeastern Massachusetts,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We want people to be aware that the EEE virus is present in mosquitoes in the area and are encouraging residents to take steps to avoi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Carver News Eastern Equine Encephalitis EEE Middleboro News Source Type: news

‘ High ’ EEE Threat: Carver Bans Outdoor Activities From Dusk To Dawn
CARVER (CBS) — Health officials have raised the risk level for Eastern Equine E to high in Carver and Middleboro after more mosquitos tested positive for the virus. “The mosquito surveillance results indicate that the virus activity has increased in one area in southeastern Massachusetts,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We want people to be aware that the EEE virus is present in mosquitoes in the area and are encouraging residents to take steps to avoid mosquito bites.” Carver is now banning outside activities at parks, playgrounds and beaches from dusk to dawn beginn...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Carver News Eastern Equine Encephalitis EEE Source Type: news

New State Law Sets Up Group to Study Lyme Disease Testing New State Law Sets Up Group to Study Lyme Disease Testing
New Hampshire has signed into law a bill that establishes a commission to study the limitations of current testing for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses and available treatment.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - July 22, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Lyme disease continues to spread. Can a seasonal shot help slow the spread of the tick-borne illness?
With no vaccine against Lyme right now, the author and his colleagues are working to create seasonal protection. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Klempner Source Type: news

WNBA ’s Elena Delle Donne Is ‘Hurt’ League Denied Her a Medical Waiver Despite Taking 64 Pills a Day
(NEW YORK) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was shocked and hurt when her request to be medically excused for the season was denied by an independent medical panel. Having battled Lyme disease for more than a decade and now taking 64 pills a day, she thought she was definitely going to be considered high-risk to get severe illness if she contracted the coronavirus. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to make that decision thought otherwise, ruling Monday that she was not “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The disease is not included on the Centers for Di...
Source: TIME: Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Doug Feinberg / AP Tags: Uncategorized Basketball COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

She Tested Negative for Lyme Disease. So What Was Wrong?
Her lethargy and joint pain suggested a tick-borne illness. Adding to the mystery, was a recent trip abroad a clue or a red herring? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Sanders, M.D. Tags: Tests (Medical) Ticks (Insects) Chikungunya Virus Lyme Disease Fatigue Diarrhea Source Type: news

Why Tick Season Could Be Worse In The Summer Of COVID-19
(CNN) — After more than three months of shutdowns, mandatory quarantines, self-imposed exile from society and working from home, nature-lovers looking for a well-earned breath of fresh air could face a possible collision course between coronavirus and tick-borne illnesses this summer. A “perfect storm,” warns Eva Sapi, a University of New Haven biology professor and group director for the Lyme Disease Research Group. Noting the mild winter on the East Coast, Sapi says, “We do have a bad year for the ticks.” Hikers, campers and anyone else eager for an escape could “just explode into...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated CBSN Boston CNN LYME DISEASE tick season ticks Source Type: news

Anaplasmosis bacterium tinkers with tick's gene expression to spread to new hosts
(PLOS) For the first time, scientists have shown that the bacterium that causes the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis interferes with tick gene expression for its survival inside cells and to spread to a new vertebrate host. Girish Neelakanta of Old Dominion University and colleagues report these findings in a study published July 2nd in PLOS Genetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 2, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Dangerous tick-borne bacterium extremely rare in New Jersey
(Rutgers University) There's some good news in New Jersey about a potentially deadly tick-borne bacterium. Rutgers researchers examined more than 3,000 ticks in the Garden State and found only one carrying Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But cases of tick-borne spotted fevers have increased east of the Mississippi River, and more research is needed to understand why, according to a study in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 25, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Despite Threat of Lyme Disease, Tick Control Lags Across U.S.
WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2020 -- Tick monitoring and control is lacking in much of the United States despite a steady increase in tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease, a new study finds. In the United States, tick-borne illnesses more than doubled... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 17, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Tick-borne encephalitis spread across Eurasia with settlers and their pets and prey
(Sechenov University) Researchers from Sechenov University together with colleagues from several Russian institutes analysed data on the RNA structure of tick-borne encephalitis virus. Much larger than in previous studies, the data volume of the new study allowed them to estimate the age of the virus subtypes and track its spread in Eurasia. The results of the study were published in the journal Viruses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 21, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Stemming the Rising Tide of Ticks and Tickborne Diseases Stemming the Rising Tide of Ticks and Tickborne Diseases
What strategies may help suppress ticks and reduce the risk for infection with tickborne diseases?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

NIH Slated for 7 percent Budget Cut
The President has proposed a $38.7 billion budget for the National Institutes of Health in fiscal year (FY) 2021. This translates to a $3 billion or 7 percent cut in the agency’s funding compared to FY 2020. The NIH budget request includes a $50 million initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a better understanding of the causes of chronic diseases and to identify early treatments. This plan is in line with the Administration’s “Industries of the Future” effort, which supports using and developing AI across sectors. The budget would provide $50 million for the Childhood Cancer ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - February 18, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS 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

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease 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

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus, United Kingdom Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus, United Kingdom
What have we learned about the spread of tick-borne encephalitis virus in the United Kingdom, and what are the public health implications?Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

‘I’ve Been Battling and Overcoming.’ Justin Bieber Confirms Lyme Disease Diagnosis
(NEW YORK) — Justin Bieber says that he has been battling Lyme disease. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the pop star wrote that “it’s been a rough couple years but (I’m) getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever.” Lyme disease is transmitted by Ixodes ticks, also known as deer ticks. Lyme can cause flu-like conditions, neurological problems, joint paint and other symptoms. “While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like (expletive), on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diag...
Source: TIME: Health - January 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized celebrity health Lyme disease onetime Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Cases On The Rise In US, Report Says
NEW YORK (CBS) – The United States has seen a big rise in the number of Lyme disease cases. A new study finds that the number of Americans diagnosed with the illness more than doubled over the past decade. Researchers at FAIR looked at private health insurance claims from 2007 to 2018. They found the biggest increase was in urban areas where claims for Lyme disease increased by more than 120%. Read The Report (PDF) “Lyme disease is the nation’s predominant tick-borne disease, and it is growing,” FAIR said in its report. Massachusetts was among the Top 10 states with the highest percentages of insura...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local LYME DISEASE ticks Source Type: news

Lyme disease claim lines increased 117% from 2007 to 2018
(FAIR Health) From 2007 to 2018, claim lines with diagnoses of Lyme disease increased nationally 117%. The new FAIR Health Study Uncovers Geographic, Age and Gender Variation, among Other Notable Statistics. Comparing Lyme disease to other tick-borne diseases, the study draws on data from FAIR Health's comprehensive repository of over 29 billion private healthcare claim records -- the largest in the country. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 10, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lone Star Ticks Expanding Range Into Northeast, Report Says
(CNN/CBS) — The climate crisis is making us more vulnerable to ticks in an unprecedented and growing threat to public health, according to a new report. Bacterial and protozoan tick-borne diseases doubled in the United States between 2004 and 2016, the report notes, and in 2017, more than 90% of the 60,000 vector-borne diseases in the United States were linked to these particular bloodsucking bugs. The warmer temperatures brought by the climate crisis, in addition to ecological changes and reforestation, have extended the bugs’ range into regions that had not seen certain types of ticks for many decades, if eve...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Lone Star Tick ticks Source Type: news

New test for Lyme disease could spot the tick-borne infection in just 15 minutes 
Scientists at Columbia University, New York, are developing test that uses microchips to detect antibodies against Lyme disease. The condition, spread by ticks, can be fatal to humans. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Infections: A Neurologist's View Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Infections: A Neurologist's View
Fundamental misunderstandings exist among both patients and practitioners about the nature of tick-borne infections. This review aims to address these issues from the neurologist's perspective.Seminars in Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Rare Form Of Tick-Borne Illness Led To Senator ’s Death
Former U. S. Senator Kay Hagan passed away due to a rare tick-borne illness. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 5, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Source Type: news

Potentially fatal tick-borne infection found for first time in UK
A potentially fatal infection spread by ticks has been detected for the first time in the UK, according to health authorities. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick-borne encephalitis found in UK for first time
Infected ticks are discovered in Norfolk and on Hampshire-Dorset borderA disease that can harm the brain, and which is spread to humans through tick bites, has been identified in the UK for the first time.Public Health England (PHE) confirmed the presence of the tick-borne encephalitis virus in Thetford Forest, Norfolk, and on the Hampshire-Dorset border.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 29, 2019 Category: Science Authors: PA Media Tags: Health Infectious diseases Science Society UK news Source Type: news

Brain illness spread by ticks has reached UK
Public Health England says it has found tick-borne encephalitis virus in ticks in the UK for the first time. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Common is Lyme Disease Globally and in Urban Settings?
Discussion Lyme disease (LD) is caused by several genospecies of Borrelia burgdorferi senu lato that are transmitted by ticks of the Ixodes ricinus complex. In the U.S. and Europe it is the most common vector-borne disease. It is named for Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s when it was “discovered,” but there are reports of LD-type disease in Europe since 1883. There are 18 distinct genospecies with B. afzelii, B. garinii and B. burgdorferi sensu stricto being the 3 most common ones causing human infection. There are many species of Ixodes ticks but only 4 commonly bite humans. Ixodes ricinus mainly in Europe, I, p...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 14, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

NIH sets five-year plan for tickborne disease research
With an increase of nearly 10,000 cases of tickborne disease from 2016 to 2017 -- mostly lyme disease -- the National Institutes of Health announced a five-year plan to expand research and reduce infections. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH strategic research plan addresses growing tickborne diseases threat
The incidence of reported cases of tickborne diseases in the United States has significantly increased in recent years. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - October 10, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Study Demonstrates Value of ChromaCode HDPCR(TM) Testing for Tick-Borne Pathogens
CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 18, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ChromaCode, Inc., a next-generation molecular diagnostics company using data science to significantly enhance multiplexing capabilities of life science instrumentation, today an... Diagnostics ChromaCode, HDPCR, tick-borne pathogens (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - September 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

This New Approach May Reduce The Spread Of Lyme Disease
Finding an effective way to prevent the spread of tick-borne illness such as Lyme disease has been quite challenging over the past several decades. Researchers have now developed a new approach that goes right to the place where a tick transmits disease: its salivary glands. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

Updated CDC Recommendation for Serologic Diagnosis of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a tickborne zoonosis for which serologic testing is the principal means of laboratory diagnosis. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 15, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Lyme Disease (Borrelia burgdorferi Infection) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus Soared in 2018, According to CDC Data
Severe cases of West Nile virus were 25% more common than usual in 2018, and transmission patterns appeared to shift to new regions, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). West Nile is a mosquito-borne virus that is usually asymptomatic, but causes side effects including fever, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea and joint pain in about 20% of people who are infected. In serious cases, it can lead to complications including brain inflammation and meningitis. It is by far the most common mosquito- or tick-borne virus in the U.S.—especially in 2018, according to the CDC’s ...
Source: TIME: Health - August 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Infectious Disease onetime Source Type: news

Lyme disease: If left untreated, you could experience these ‘serious’ symptoms
LYME DISEASE is a tick-borne infectious disease. Initial symptoms are usually mild, but if left untreated, more serious symptoms may reveal themselves. Have you spotted these serious signs? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York resident dies of a rare tickborne disease that can cause fatal brain infection 
New York health officials reported the state's first death from the tickborne Powassan virus, which can become a life-threatening disease when it attacks the brain and causes severe swelling, killing one in 10. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK tick-borne Lyme disease cases higher than previous estimates
Cases of a nasty infection passed on through tick bites may be much higher in the UK than previously thought, according to new research. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 1, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

UK Lyme disease cases may be three times higher than estimated
Researchers say tick-borne disease ‘is everywhere’ with 8,000 diagnoses likely in 2019Cases of Lyme disease in the UK may be three times higher than previous estimates, according to new research.After analysing the anonymous medical records of 8.4 million people from across the UK, scientists forecast that the total number of Lyme disease diagnoses in the UK could top 8,000 in 2019, compared withpreviousestimates of between 2,000 and 3,000 annual diagnoses.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 31, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Anna Ploszajski Tags: Medical research Health UK news Science Society The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) Source Type: news

Lyme disease may be three times more common in UK than previously thought
New cases of tick-borne Lyme disease might top 8000 in 2019, researchers estimate Related items fromOnMedica Well over half of people have never had an STI test HPV programme linked to dramatic fall in cervical disease Should we have compulsory measles vaccination at school entry? Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 Decision to give boys HPV jab will save thousands of lives (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 31, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Maine Reports Its First Case Of Rare Tick-Borne Powassan Virus Since 2017
(CNN) — Health officials in Maine are warning about the potential for more cases of Powassan virus disease after one person was confirmed to be sick with the rare tick-borne illness, the first reported case in the state since 2017. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that a person in the southern part of the state had Powassan encephalitis, a severe disease that causes inflammation in the brain. The agency said the patient showed symptoms in late June and was hospitalized. The Maine CDC issued an advisory to physicians that more cases could be possible and suggested that doctors conside...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health CNN Maine news powassan virus ticks Source Type: news

Maine Confirmed Its First Case of a Rare Tick-Borne Virus in Years. Here ’s What to Know About Powassan
Health officials have confirmed that an individual in Maine is sick with Powassan virus disease, marking the first time since 2017 that a person in the state has come down with the rare and serious tick-borne illness. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that a southern Maine resident was hospitalized for Powassan encephalitis—brain inflammation associated with the virus—after showing symptoms in late June. The announcement did not specify the individual’s current condition, but health officils doctors to stay vigilant about the potential spread of Powassan throughout th...
Source: TIME: Health - July 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Maine onetime Source Type: news

Lyme disease: is a solution on the way?
The tick-borne illness, which is on the rise, can have chronic side-effects. So why hasn ’t more effort been put into a cure?As a former martial arts world champion, who trained daily and enjoyed camping and hiking at weekends, Stephen Bullough had always prided himself on leading a healthy life.Like most people, he thought very little when he was bitten by a tick on a camping holiday close to home in Wigan in 2014, never suspecting that this tiny bite would unleash an infection in his body that would one day leave him permanently incapacitated.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 21, 2019 Category: Science Authors: David Cox Tags: Medical research Health Science Source Type: news

What ’s really behind the spread of Lyme disease? Clue: it’s not the Pentagon | Peter Beaumont
After my tick bite I realised that the climate crisis was a more likely culprit than any conspiracy theory about weaponisationThe first indication I ’d picked up a tick-borne disease three years ago was the excruciating arthritic pain in my feet as I hobbled to a dinner party at a neighbour’s house in Jerusalem.Later that night I experienced flu-like symptoms, including a raging fever that, even with antibiotics, would last for more than a week.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Peter Beaumont Tags: Insects Weapons technology Wildlife Animals Science World news Environment US news Source Type: news

Researchers deploy a novel mobile lab for rapid, real-time pathogen testing in the field
(University of Minnesota) University of Minnesota researchers have refined testing methods for tick-borne diseases in the field by using a new, deployable mobile laboratory and performing genetic sequencing of key pathogens to better understand how they move, evolve and function. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 18, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Frequent Prescribed Fires Can Reduce Risk of Tick-borne Diseases - Gleim ER, Zemtsova GE, Berghaus RD, Levin ML, Conner M, Yabsley MJ.
Recently, a two-year study found that long-term prescribed fire significantly reduced tick abundance at sites with varying burn regimes (burned surrounded by burned areas [BB], burned surrounded by unburned areas [BUB], and unburned surrounded by burned ar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds 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