Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought
THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 -- Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Citizen science supports tick-borne disease research
(PLOS) A nationwide investigation of the prevalence and distribution of ticks and exposure to tick-borne diseases highlights the value of public participation in science. The study, published on July 12 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by Nathan Nieto of Northern Arizona University and colleagues, and funded by Bay Area Lyme Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Who got bit? By mailing in 16,000 ticks, citizen scientists help track disease exposures
(Colorado State University) A bite from a disease-carrying tick can transmit a serious, potentially fatal infection, such as Lyme disease. But many ticks go unnoticed and unreported. Now, with the help of citizen scientists, ecologists at Colorado State University and Northern Arizona University are offering better insight into people's and animals' potential exposure to tick-borne diseases -- not just the disease reporting and prevalence that's only tracked when people get sick. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UM researchers receive $700,000 in NIH funding to study tick-borne lyme disease
(The University of Montana) University of Montana researchers Dan Drecktrah and Scott Samuels were recently awarded $449,998 from the National Institutes of Health for the first year of a five-year project to study the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DHS Confirms Death of a La Crosse County Resident from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the La Crosse County Health Department today announced the first documented death fromRocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in the state. RMSF is rarely reported in Wisconsin and most commonly occurs in the central and southeastern regions of the United States. Most tickborne diseases transmitted in Wisconsin are spread by the blacklegged (or deer) tick; RMSF, however, is spread by the bite of the American dog (or...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 10, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Govt Intensifies Control of Tick-Borne Diseases
[The Herald] The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has heightened disease control measures to curb the spread of tick-borne diseases amid reports that the country has already lost over 3 400 cattle. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape, recently published in the journal Ecology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spleen microbes of wild animals change with tick-borne illness
(PLOS) Anaplasmosis, a tick-borne febrile disease, can be carried by wild mammals before being transmitted to humans through a tick bite. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have found that Anaplasma bacteria alter the patterns of other microbes in the spleens of mice and shrews. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight The MAReport: the Spring 2018 issue of the MAReport newsletter is now available! This quarter, Veronica Leigh Milliner talked about the importance of public libraries in providing quality health information in her article about the the Public Libraries Symposium at MLA. National Network of Libraries of Medicine News NNLM Outreach Highlight: Escape the Unit, Pittsburgh, PA – take a few minutes to check out this video on an NNLM funded project, an escape room developed as part of the nurse residency program for newly hi...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - June 29, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Tick Tech: Biotech Tools Give New Hope For Those With Lyme Disease
The most common tick-borne illness in the U.S. (30,000+ new cases a year), Lyme disease produces a wide range of symptoms ranging from fever and rash to arthritis and paralysis. Thanks to biotech, genome sequencing and precision medicine, prevention, early detection and treatment are now possible. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicole Fisher, Contributor Source Type: news

Tick-borne Disease Working Group Meeting
June 21, 2018 9:30am-6:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How to treat Lyme disease naturally, with diet, herbal supplements, vitamin C
(Natural News) The official stance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Lyme disease is that it is a tick-borne illness that it completely treatable by a short round (typically no more than three weeks) of antibiotics. While true in broad strokes, this position is hardly useful for those who do not... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Funding Awarded to Ixodes Outreach Project
  We at the GMR office are pleased to announce that the University of Minnesota-Duluth has been granted a Health Information Outreach award to support their research into Lyme disease. Project Description – The Ixodes Outreach Project is a concerted effort to tackle the emerging epidemic of Lyme disease in the upper Midwest.  Dr. Ben Clarke and his team at the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be promoting awareness of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through educational outreach activities, a citizen-science program, and an undergraduate research experience.   The primary component of this re...
Source: The Cornflower - May 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Sam Watson Tags: Funding News from the Region 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

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever: Introduction
World Health Organization. 04/11/2018 This one-hour course provides an introduction to Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a widespread disease caused by a tick-borne virus that can result in severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks. Participants will learn to describe signs, symptoms, and transmission of CCHF; list four prevention and control measures; and describe areas where CCHF is a public health concern. (Video or Multimedia) Site requires free registration. (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Massachussetts Public Health Department, UMass Amherst lab receives CDC funds for tick testing
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) For years, TickReport at UMass Amherst has tracked the incidence and spread of Lyme disease and the introduction of new bacterial and viral tick-borne illnesses such as the Borrelia miyamotoi and Powassan virus in the state. Now a new $100,000 grant from the CDC to the state's public health department will subsidize the cost of tick testing for Massachusetts residents. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 8, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It
The tick-borne illness is spreading north and south — about 300,000 U.S. cases a year. As scientists work on better diagnostic tests and surveillance tools, you can take steps to cut your risk.(Image credit: Kenneth H Thomas/Science Source/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Disease, Forex Shortage Cripple Dairy Farmers
[Zimbabwe Independent] Dairy production in the first quarter of 2018 has been hampered by the shortage of foreign currency and the prevalence of tick -borne diseases, businessdigest has learnt. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mosquito- And Tick-Borne Diseases Have Tripled, But The CDC Won't Say It's Climate Change
We're totally unprepared to address what comes next. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 3, 2018 Category: Science Source Type: news

Concerns Over Tick, Mosquito-Borne Diseases Rise After CDC Report
BOSTON (CBS) — A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) report is raising concerns. From 2004-2016 the amount of tick, mosquito, and flea-transmitted diseases have tripled in the U.S. Nearly 60% of the diseases detected came from ticks. Dr. David Crandell, clinical co-director for the Dean Center Tick-Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, says he’s not surprised. Dr. Crandell believes an increase in Lyme disease diagnosis comes from better testing and more importantly, a better understanding of the disease and the signs. He says symptoms include: Malaise, almost like a flu-like symptom...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local CDC Gary Brode Local TV Mosquitoes tick-borne disease ticks Source Type: news

Chef struggles with red meat allergy caused by ticks
Tick-borne illnesses are on the rise, and one unusual condition caused by lone star ticks results in a severe allergy to eating red meat. CBS News' Kenneth Craig has details. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Dramatic Jump in Vector-Borne Disease from 2004-2016 (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Tick-borne illnesses more than doubled, mainly due to increases in Lyme disease (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - May 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Diseases From Tick, Mosquito & Flea Bites Have Tripled In US, CDC Says
ATLANTA (CBS) – As the weather warms up and New Englanders prepare to enjoy the outdoors, the Centers for Disease Control is warning that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites are on the rise. The report released by the CDC on Tuesday said there were 96,075 disease cases from the three in 2016. That’s more than triple the number of cases in 2004. (Image credit: CDC) “Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick,” CDC Director Dr. Robe...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Mosquitoes ticks Source Type: news

Diseases Spread By Insects Have More Than Tripled, CDC Says
In the United States, diseases spread by mosquito, flea and tick bites tripled from 2004 to 2016, federal health officials say in a new report. During that time, there were more than 640,000 cases of vector-borne diseases. “People really do need to take this seriously,” says Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new study—published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—marks the first time the agency has collectively e...
Source: TIME: Health - May 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

How Can You Prevent Lyme And Other Tick-borne Diseases?
Wondering how to protect yourself outside from ticks this year? Here's what you need to know. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Meeting of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group
May 10, 2018 8:30am-6:30pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UMD researcher uncovers protein used to outsmart the human immune system
(University of Maryland) A UMD researcher has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that causes Lyme disease fights innate immune responses, and observed a never-before-seen phenomena demonstrating the bacteria can spring back in the body weeks later. Understanding this bacteria, one of only a few pathogens that can actually persist in the body for long periods of time, has major implications for treatment of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease, an increasingly chronic and prevalent public health issue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Relative Risk for Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease Relative Risk for Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease
A study on the relative risk for ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease highlights the need for more public education regarding tick-borne diseases.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Africa:Why Disease-Bearing Insects, Viral Infections Are Increasing
[Guardian] Climate change promotes spread of mosquito, tick-borne viruses, yellow fever in Africa (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) Scientists at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, find that global warming has allowed disease-bearing insects to proliferate, increasing exposure to viral infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Revolutionary diagnosis: A single blood test can now detect Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
(Natural News) Testing methods for tick-borne diseases tend to be cumbersome, unreliable, specialized, or even nonexistent. That is, until a Science Daily article reported the recently-developed Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD-Serochip) can accurately diagnose eight different tick-borne pathogens, including the bacterium responsible for the widespread Lyme disease. The brainchild of a large team of researchers from the Centers for... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News 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

FDA approves first tests to screen for tickborne parasite in whole blood and plasma to protect the U.S. blood supply
FDA approves first tests to screen for tickborne parasite in blood donations (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

First-ever transgenic ticks to help fight tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease
(University of Nevada, Reno) Monika Gulia-Nuss, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, is working on generating transgenic ticks in her lab, the first of their kind, in order to explore new targets for vector control. Gulia-Nuss' lab works specifically on the deer tick and has received a $407,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to continue studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 28, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

First multiplex test for tick-borne diseases
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by offering a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen responsible for Lyme disease, and seven other tick-borne pathogens. Led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the research team report details on the new test in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 16, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study suggests expanded range for emerging tick-borne disease
New research led by the Yale School of Public Health suggests that Borrelia miyamotoi ’s geographic range is bicoastal, far larger than previously believed. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - February 15, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Fewer Scientists Are Studying Insects. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
In the summer of 2016, Jerome Goddard, a medical entomologist in Mississippi, received an email from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a desperate ask. The agency was conducting an “urgent” search for insect scientists around the U.S. who could take up to a six-month paid leave from work to help the CDC fight the Zika outbreak in the U.S., and possibly respond to areas with local transmission if needed. “That’s how bad it is—they need to borrow someone,” says Goddard, an extension professor of medical entomology at Mississippi State University. “We can&...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

Lyme disease symptoms: Signs of tick-borne disease include stiff neck and FEVER
LYME DISEASE signs include a stiff neck and a fever - but it could also produce a red rash with a ring around the edge. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lyme disease symptoms: Suffering with a stiff neck could be sign of tick-borne illness
LYME DISEASE warning: tick season starts in March although you can suffer from bites at any time in the year. One Lyme disease symptom many miss is suffering with a stiff neck. Other signs of the life-altering tick-borne condition revealed here. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:January Disease Kills 2 000 Cattle
[The Herald] At least 2 000 cattle have died of January disease, also known as Theileriosis - a tick-borne disease common between December and March - with Government is urging farmers to intensify dipping of their livestock as a prevention measure. Government has also intensified awareness campaigns in affected areas that include Goromonzi, Bindura, Chegutu and Chivhu. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Two Hundred Researchers Take Part in Science Advocacy Event
Science took center stage in recent interactions between researchers and policymakers. Across the nation, biological scientists and educators met with their lawmakers as part of the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event, an initiative organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). More than 200 scientists registered to participate in the event. This nationwide event provides a platform for meetings between scientists and their elected officials in their local area rather than in Washington, DC or a state capital, and allows lawmakers to learn first-hand about the science and research...
Source: Public Policy Reports - December 23, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

New Lyme disease tests could offer quicker, more accurate detection
(Rutgers University) New diagnostic methods offer a better chance for more accurate detection of the infection from the Lyme bacteria, the most common tick-borne infection in North America and Europe. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections
December 7, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Members Appointed to New Tick-Borne Disease Working Group
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just announced the appointment of 14 members to the new Tick-Borne Disease Working Group. The Working Group was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts related to tick-borne diseases. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

One health researchers identify hot spots of tick-borne diseases in Mongolia
(George Mason University) Given the critical role livestock play in Mongolia, transmission of tick-borne diseases can have very real health and economic implications for livestock and herders. George Mason University's Dr. Michael von Fricken and colleagues explored the interaction between nomadic herders, the livestock they own, and the tick-borne diseases they are exposed to. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UMass Amherst tick testing lab receives grant to study new disease
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Taking advantage of its special expertise in identifying tick-borne, disease-causing pathogens, plus its access the thousands of people who send ticks to be tested each year, the LMZ at UMass Amherst will partner with with L2 Diagnostics of New Haven, a biotech company that has developed a human test for Borrelia miyamotoi, one of the latest tick pathogens to emerge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 17, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Boston scientists develop jab to prevent Lyme Disease
Scientists in the US have developed a new injection which offers promising hope to sufferers of the tick-borne condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news