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Borrelia miyamotoi may be a disease you have never heard of. But the threat of this tick-borne illness is very real. First described in Japan in 1995, this emerging infectious disease is transmitted by the same blacklegged tick which carries the Lyme disease pathogen. In “Antimicrobial susceptibility of Borrelia miyamotoi,” researchers examine the effectiveness of several antibiotic regimes in the treatment of HTBRF.
With at least 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the U.S., an estimated 25% of those involve children. Unfortunately, the prevailing message has been that the majority of people, including children and adolescents, who develop Lyme disease will see either a tick bite or a bull’s eye rash. This just isn’t the case, as a new study by Nigrovic and colleagues demonstrates.
In an editorial entitled “Patients with Lyme borreliosis are failing to receive treatment,” an infectious disease specialist from Norway, P. Bjark,  raises serious concerns about the findings of a study published in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. 
We often think of Lyme disease as a threat to the public engaging in enjoyable outdoor activities, like hiking, camping and gardening. But Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are a constant threat to individuals serving in the military, who spend most of their time working in heavily forested or mountainous terrain.
Lyme disease symptoms can mimic many other illnesses and have been linked to several autoimmune diseases including Sjögren’s syndrome , Dermatomyositis , and Guillain-Barre syndrome . A case report by Smiyan entitled “Sjögren’s syndrome and lymphadenopathy unraveling the diagnosis of Lyme disease,” reflects the importance of a thorough clinical evaluation.
Nymphal and adult black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, harbor a growing number of pathogens. But researchers are now discovering that larval ticks, which are even smaller, may pose an equal threat to public safety as a new study describes larval ticks infected with the tick-borne bacteria Borrelia miyamotoi.
Clinicians have been reluctant to prescribe steroids to Lyme disease patients because it suppresses the immune system, giving the Borrelia bacteria an opportunity to multiply. And this, in turn, can make Lyme disease symptoms, including arthritis and joint pain, even worse.
Every year, over 300,000 individuals in the USA alone are concerned that their acute Lyme disease symptoms will progress to chronic manifestations such as Lyme encephalopathy, chronic neurologic Lyme disease, neuropsychiatric Lyme disease, Lyme carditis, and Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. 
Have you ever wondered what types of ticks are in your neighborhood? Researchers asked the public to submit ticks they encountered over an 11-year period. Surprisingly, they discovered that the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) actually outnumbered the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is known for transmitting Lyme disease.
A new study published in PLoS ONE by Novak and colleagues suggests that small fiber neuropathy (SFN) may be a viable biomarker of post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS), particularly for patients whose main symptoms involve sensory issues.