Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (González, J., et al.) has published “Repellency of novel catnip (Nepeta cataria) cultivar extracts against Ixodes scapularis and Haemaphysalis longicornis (Acari: Ixodida: Ixodidae)” in November 2022. In an effort to develop natural alternatives for commercial tick repellents, as effective or more effective than DEET, authors investigated the properties of two extracts […]
Other Tick-Borne Diseases
One tick bite can give people more than one tick-borne disease (co-infection). In addition to Lyme disease, here are some other tick-borne diseases found in the US.
Scientific Reports, (Szewczyk-Dąbrowska, A., et al.), published “Correlation between COVID-19 severity and previous exposure of patients to Borrelia spp.” on September 24, 2022. Researchers found an association between the severity of the course of COVID infection in patients that also had evidence of past Lyme disease infection. Investigators identified COVID-positive patients that also had exposure […]
Hassan Hakimi, et al., published “Advances in understanding red blood cell modifications by Babesia,” in PLOS Pathogens on September 15, 2022, to further investigate how the parasite invades and multiplies within red blood cells (RBCs) of mammalian hosts.
Q fever is caused by Coxiella burnetti (Cb) bacteria. Disease can be tick-borne, but most cases result from inhaling Cb-containing dust or eating or drinking contaminated food. Cattle, sheep, and goats are the primary reservoirs. Although CDC does not indicate it can be a tick-borne disease on its Q fever page, other entities including NORD […]
Elsevier, (Bobojama, S. B. et al.) published a case report, “Human Borrelia miyamotoi infection: A cause of persistent fever and severe hyperthermia in New England.” on September 6, 2022. This case report describes a patient from southwestern, Connecticut, a 75-year-old male, who was transported by ambulance to the emergency department (ED) after he had been found […]
Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases (Bishop, A. et al.) published “Increasing Incidence of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsioses in the United States, 2010–2018” on September 9, 2022. The authors of this study analyzed and summarized surveillance data (2010-2018) reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System on cases […]
The American Journal of Medicine, (Bakshi, C.S., et al.) published the pre-proof, “SARS-CoV-2 is Emerging in White-Tailed Deer and Can Infect and Spread Among Deer Mice Experimentally: What About Deer Ticks?” on August 16, 2022. Authors have found that a large number of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the US have become infected with COVID-19. […]
Anne Spichler-Moffarah, et al., published, “Cardiac Complications of Human Babesiosis” in Clinical Infectious Diseases on August 19, 2022. The article explains that many babesiosis patients have mild to moderate expressions of the disease, however, fatal circumstances can result. While cardiac issues are common, the comprehensive range of cardiac disease, as well as the rate of […]
Pathogens, Theo Schetters, published “Mechanisms Involved in the Persistence of Babesia canis Infection in Dogs” on June 29, 2019. The researcher used controlled experimental infection with B. canis to observe events of infection and the eventual development of signs and symptoms of this parasitic disease in dogs. Very few parasites are detected in the blood of […]
Cureus, (Tejaswi V, et al.) published “Atypical Presentation of Babesiosis With Neurological Manifestations as Well as Hematological Manifestations” on July 13, 2022. In this article, authors present the atypical manifestations of babesiosis in 2 elderly patients who were both admitted for care with symptoms of confusion, cognitive impairment, slurred speech, ataxia, fever, myalgias and chills, urinary […]