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2012-02-02 07:46:17

Band of tick hunters gathered evidence for most extensive field study ever conducted. Given frequent over- and under-diagnosis of Lyme disease, map offers officials new tool for assessing risk and tracking disease spread A new map pinpoints well-defined areas of the Eastern United States where humans have the highest risk of contracting Lyme disease, one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases in North America, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As...

2011-12-19 13:21:29

They come out in the spring, and each year they spread further — the ticks. Thirty percent of them transmit borrelia pathogens, the causative agent of Lyme borreliosis that can damage joints and organs. The disease often goes undetected. In the future, a new type of gel is intended to prevent an infection — if applied after a tick bite. For years, Mrs. S. suffered from joint pain and headaches. After an odyssey through doctors´ waiting rooms, one doctor diagnosed Lyme...

2011-09-15 12:57:16

Local antibiotic therapy stops Lyme disease Lyme disease is a dangerous disease which is transmitted by ticks. Blood-sucking ticks ingest the agents that cause the disease — bacteria of the species Borrelia burgdorferi and its relatives — during a blood meal, and subsequently transmit them to the next victim they feast on, often a person. It is estimated that, in Western Europe, up to half of all ticks carry the bacteria. Although the early symptoms of the illness are quite...

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2011-09-06 13:25:32

  Government researchers said on Monday that a tick-born infection known as Babesiosis is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve diagnostic tests that can detect the infection before people donate blood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed a 31-year study that suggests the parasitic infection may be increasing. Babesia infections are marked by anemia, fever, chills and fatigue, but can...

2011-08-04 12:51:42

A new tick-borne bacterium infecting humans with ehrlichiosis has been discovered in Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was identified as a new strain of bacteria through DNA testing conducted at Mayo Clinic. The findings appear in the Aug. 4 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Doctors at Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and state and local health departments say the new species from the Ehrlichia...

2011-05-12 00:00:46

A new book reveals that biological warfare against pest insects and public health measures are likely sources of many important illnesses of the past century. Hustisford, Wisconsin (PRWEB) May 11, 2011 New evidence points to mutated microbes, contaminated cell lines, and insect biowarfare as the origins of Lyme disease and possibly even HIV/AIDS. According to a new book by Wisconsin author PJ Langhoff, the controversial agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), first identified in...

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2011-02-16 10:48:19

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley The Western fence lizard's reputation for helping to reduce the threat of Lyme disease is in jeopardy. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that areas where the lizard had been removed saw a subsequent drop in the population of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. "Our expectation going into this study was that removing the lizards would increase the risk of Lyme disease, so we were surprised by these findings," said study...

2010-10-31 00:13:30

Time for Lyme Medical Director, Dr. Harriet Kotsoris on Five Important Questions to Ask Right Away Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) October 30, 2010 "My doctor just told me I have Lyme disease. What do I do now?" As the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease continues to rise"”and to show up in places all around the country as well as around the world"”this question is becoming more and more common, says Harriet Kotsoris, M.D., and medical advisor to Time for Lyme, Inc., a research,...

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2010-07-21 11:50:00

Research on the population of black-legged ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease from host animals to humans, reinforces that it is important to take preventative measures when spending time outdoors. University of Illinois graduate student Jennifer Rydzewski conducted a four-year survey of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks), their host animals, and their habitat preferences in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Piatt Counties. The survey confirmed the presence of ticks in all four counties...

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2010-02-25 14:47:35

A domestic ecological mystery Stories of environmental damage and their consequences always seem to take place far away and in another country, usually a tropical one with lush rainforests and poison dart frogs. In fact, similar stories starring familiar animals are unfolding all the time in our own backyards "” including gripping tales of diseases jumping from animal hosts to people when ecosystems are disrupted. This time we're not talking hemorrhagic fever and the rainforest. We're...