Most residents in Delaware are not worried about Lyme disease

Delaware is one of the top 10 states in the country with the highest incidence of Lyme disease. Yet, a newly published survey, which examines the effectiveness of state awareness campaigns and educational programs, found that Delaware residents have a limited understanding of tick-borne diseases and the potential risks ticks may present. Children were found to be at particular risk with a low number of families practicing tick bite prevention behaviors.

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Six cases of neuroinvasive Lyme disease

A cluster of six neuroinvasive Lyme disease cases is described by doctors from Mayo Clinic in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases. [1] Over a 3-week period between July and August of 2017, physicians from the Minnesota and Wisconsin campuses identified 6 patients with Lyme neuroborreliosis. Five of these cases presented with Bannwarth syndrome (BWS), an uncommon manifestation of neuroinvasive Lyme disease, which is typically seen in Europe, explains Shah and colleagues.

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Dental surgery triggers full body pain in patient with severe post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

In an article published in Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia, doctors describe the case of a 23-year-old woman who suffered from severe chronic pain for 9 years due to post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Her pain intensified and became more difficult to manage after she underwent dental extractions and required hospitalization.

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Study identifies ticks that are most dangerous to humans

What makes a tick more likely to transmit an infection from animals to humans? In the journal BMC Ecology, researchers answer that question using a machine learning method known as generalized boosted regression. [1] This type of algorithm helps identify features that are most important in predicting “a response variable (here, a binary variable designating whether the Ixodes tick species is a zoonotic vector) by building thousands of linked classification trees that successively improve upon the predictions of the previous tree,” the authors explain.

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Can Lyme disease trigger obsessive compulsive symptoms?

A number of psychiatric disorders have been reported to occur after an infection with Lyme disease (LD). “Conditions including depression, mania, delirium, dementia, psychosis, obsessions and compulsions, and panic attacks have all been reported to occur after infection with LD,” state the authors of a new study entitled “Obsessive-compulsive symptoms in adults with Lyme disease.” [1]

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More than 50% of mice in Kentucky infected with Lyme bacteria

by Daniel J. Cameron, MD, MPH In their study, Buchholz and colleagues, from Western Kentucky University, found that more than half of the mice in Kentucky tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi. They also discovered that the prevalence of B. burgdorferi was higher in tissue than in blood – a finding consistent with other studies. “Overall prevalence of B. burgdorferi in mammals examined by blood sampling was 21.8%, while prevalence in tissues was 63.5%,” writes Buchholz. The prevalence rates of infected mammals was similar to those in other southeastern ...

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Another cardiac manifestation of Lyme myocarditis

The list of cardiac complications from Lyme disease continues to grow. Now, you can add another manifestation to the list -- isolated left bundle branch block (LBBB), according to Cunha from the Infectious Disease Division at Winthrop-University Hospital. [1]

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When Lyme disease mimics a heart attack

Lyme disease has earned a reputation as the great imitator, because its symptoms can mimic many other illnesses. In a case report, presented by Gilson and colleagues from Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania, a 45-year-old woman was believed to be suffering from a heart attack when, in fact, her symptoms were due to Lyme disease. [1]

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What are the symptoms of Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome?

Doctors have known for years that they cannot rely on a physical exam to diagnose early Lyme disease unless they find an erythema migrans rash, Bell’s palsy, or heart block. Now, Rebman and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine acknowledge that doctors also cannot count on a physical exam to diagnose Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). [1]

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Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome is a serious problem

More than 300,000 people contract Lyme disease in the USA every year with many continuing to suffer from long-term illness. In some cases, those persistent symptoms have been dismissed by physicians as being psychosomatic, or caused by something other than Lyme disease. But now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine acknowledge the existence of what is called Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS).

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