American traveler with Lyme disease

Travelers typically prepare to possibly incur infections when visiting other countries. A case study in Travel Medicine Infectious Diseases entitled “American woman with early Lyme borreliosis diagnosed in a Colombian hospital” reminds travelers that they should not overlook an infection they may have contracted from their country of origin. [1]

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Borrelia miyamotoi disease can be added to list of traveler’s concerns

B. miyamotoi was first identified in Japan in 1995. Since then Borrelia miyamotoi disease (BMD) has been described in Russia, United States, Europe, and Japan. Now, we can add BMD to their list of travel-associated medical concerns. [1]

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There are lingering questions on the efficacy of the Lyme disease vaccine.

A new study examines the efficacy of the Borrelia burgdorferi outer surface protein A (OspA) vaccine in a meta-analysis.

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Ever wonder what is happening in the brain of neurologic Lyme disease patients who remain ill after treatment?

NEUROLOGIC LYME DISEASE PATIENTS
by Daniel J. Cameron, MD MPH The authors found 13% of patients with a spinal tap positive by both cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis and Borrelia-specific antibodies remained ill for more than 3 months after treatment. Meanwhile, 33% of Lyme neuroborreliosis patients with Borrelia-specific antibodies detected in cerebrospinal fluid and 43% of Lyme neuroborreliosis patients with pleocytosis in cerebrospinal fluid also remained ill for more than 3 months following treatment. [1] According to the authors, these patients had higher levels of the Th17-associated markers ...

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Determining the risk of Lyme disease: Is your region endemic?

A recent study on the transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), the spirochete associated with Lyme disease, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (NC), highlights the difficulties in determining the actual risk of Bb-infected ticks present in particular regions. [1]

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All Things Lyme – top 15 blogs for 2016

As another year comes to a close, we share with you the most popular blogs for 2016 from our All Things Lyme blog series. Throughout the year, dozens of studies, published in leading scientific journals, continued to demonstrate the potential seriousness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases when left untreated or improperly treated. The ramifications for patients can be life-altering.

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Don’t let your guard down on questing ticks in the south

A study by Arsnoe and colleagues [1] suggested that ticks in the Southern USA behave differently than in the Northern USA. They found fewer questing ticks in the Southern USA than the the Northern USA. The answer could be that Southern ticks are not as likely to quest during the hottest and driest months.

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Further evidence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto associated with Lyme disease in the South

Much attention has been given to the Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), transmitted by the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum) in the South. [1] However, a new study reminds us that the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto has been in the South since at least 1991. [2]

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Eye problems in tick-borne diseases other than Lyme

“Why should an ophthalmologist have a good understanding of Lyme diagnosis and treatment?” asks Sathiamoorthi [1], from the Mayo Clinic, in an article published in the Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. “Vision-threatening ophthalmic manifestations are relatively common in Lyme disease (LD) and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”

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Study raises concerns for Babesia patients and blood banks

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.

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