In this case report, a 79-year-old male sought care through the ER at a New York City hospital after experiencing acute illness and his wife noticed blood in his urine. The patient had several medical comorbidities including: “hypertension, benign prostate hypertrophy status post transurethral prostatectomy, cerebrovascular accident, and pulmonary hypertension.” He presented additional symptoms with […]
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.
The report of a human death in Georgia from Heartland virus (HRTV) as well as confirmed white-tailed deer exposure to the tick-borne pathogen prompted researchers to collect samples of questing ticks in 2018–2019. The samples were taken from 26 sites near the areas where seropositive deer were captured, as well as the residence of the human patient.
This study evaluates the effectiveness of tafenoquine (antimalarial primaquine analog) for treatment in an immunocompromised patient infected by a strain of Babesia microti that was partially resistant to both azithromycin and atovaquone treatment.
In this article published in FEMS Microbiology Reviews, researchers provide an overview of the current and future perspectives for diagnosis of several species of difficult to detect Gram-negative bacteria. Investigators discuss the zoonotic and vector-transmitted bacteria, Anaplasma spp., Bartonella spp., Coxiella burnetii, Orientia spp., and Rickettsia spp. These bacteria are strongly adapted to the infected host which impedes growth […]
Parasitology Research has published research findings on the effectiveness of the Seresto® (imidacloprid 10% + flumethrin 4.5%) dog collar in preventing transmission of both Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Effectiveness of the prevention collar was tested on dogs in two studies using naturally infected ticks. Each study consisted of a non-treated control group as well as a […]
A new CDC study shows that in comparison with state reporting data, the number of hospitalized patients with Babesia has increased “modestly” over a 7-year period. Researchers performed this analysis in the United States during 2010–2016. The National Inpatient Sample database was used to characterize the epidemiology of Babesia–associated admissions, reflecting severe Babesia-related disease. Results showed […]
Delegate David A. Reid (D-House District 32) introduced Virginia HB 850, a Lyme disease bill, in House referral committee pending as of January 12, 2022. The bill pertains to Lyme disease; signage; instructional resources; and materials. It requires the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to develop and post signage in each state park and […]
This review provides an overview of the factors that influence the distribution and abundance of the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) and the dynamics of tickborne pathogen transmission in the western region of the US. The review sheds light on the the gaps in knowledge and indicates that research is required gain a better understanding […]
In a recent New York City (NYC) study, researchers investigated habitat associations and pathogen status of Gulf coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum). NYC is a newly expanded distribution range for this species. Investigators collected 88 ticks from two parks on Staten Island (NYC) and compared findings of ticks collected from similar habitats in Brooklyn from April […]
In a newly published US study, Anaplasma phagocytophilum–human agent variant has been detected for the first time in the highly invasive Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis). Active tick surveillance was conducted throughout Pennsylvania during the time period of May 1 through Sept. 6, 2019. Researchers tested 265 ticks for rickettsial pathogens through PCR testing and […]