Babesiosis, an emerging tick-borne disease caused by the parasite Babesia microti, is currently the highest ranked pathogen transmitted by blood transfusions. The infection can go undetected as healthy individuals may be asymptomatic or symptoms are subtle. But for others, it can cause chronic, debilitating illness.
An abstract published in Critical Care Medicine discusses what the authors believe is the first reported case of Lyme meningitis “presenting with symptoms suggestive of rapidly progressing Parkinsonism.” The case report describes a patient whose symptoms resolved when proper treatment was initiated.
We thought we had enough problems with the discovery of chronic Lyme disease, Lyme encephalopathy, and neuropsychiatric Lyme disease.  Hair loss could be the last straw.
Lyme disease (LD), an illness that can be extremely difficult to diagnose and treat, is made even more challenging when physicians criticize one another about managing such complex cases. The authors of a recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine took aim at doctors who diagnose and treat Lyme disease. 
A team of researchers in Colorado have demonstrated the effectiveness of utilizing neuroimaging-based tools to help validate pain symptoms and gauge treatment response in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Such techniques have the potential to benefit Lyme disease patients by helping to determine the effectiveness of various therapies for each patient.
In a recent case series published in Voice entitled Laboratory Evaluation of Vocal Fold Paralysis and Paresis investigators identify Lyme disease (LD) as one of several causes of vocal cord paralysis, a condition that can dramatically impact patients' lives, effecting voice, swallowing and airway function. Authors of the new paper point out the importance in determining the cause of vocal cord paralysis to effectively manage the condition. 
An article published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology entitled "Brazilian borreliosis with special emphasis on humans and horses" examines the growing number of cases in Brazil of Lyme disease, referred to, in that country, as the Lyme-like or Baggio-Yoshinari Syndrome (BYS).
When diagnosing Lyme disease, doctors must typically rely on a wide range of signs and symptoms. Laboratory testing can be utilized but is frequently unreliable. Making a diagnosis based upon response to antibiotic treatment is unusual. However, LeWitt, from the University of Michigan, describes just such a case in a recent issue of Clinical Neuropharmacology. 
Ophthalmic manifestations of tick-borne diseases are increasing in the United States, according to a review published recently in Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. And, "although ocular involvement can be self-limited, delays in diagnosis may result in vision impairment and even blindness," stated Sathiamoorthi from the Mayo Clinic. 
In a recent issue of the British Medical Journal Case Report, researchers from George Washington University School of Medicine describe the case of a 66-year-old woman who presented to the hospital with lethargy, fever, chills, ataxia, a cough and slurred speech. The woman, who had been treated for presumed community-acquired pneumonia, was ultimately diagnosed with human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), one of the most life-threatening tick-borne illnesses in the country.