Recent surveillance of Oklahoma ticks has detected, not only spreading populations of Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged ticks) but also pathogens not previously detected including bacteria, protozoans, and viruses that pose a serious risk to human health. A one-step multiplex real-time reverse transcription-PCR has detected tick-borne pathogens from a pool of 117 I. scapularis ticks collected from […]
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.
In this study published by Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, researchers used mass spectrometry-based proteome profiling and parallel reaction monitoring to detect multiple pathogens in black-legged ticks collected from the Southern Tier New York. Analysis from five combined ticks showed high confidence for identifying 2,052 tick proteins and 41 pathogen proteins. Results showed high peptide spectral […]
The Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) published a news release alerting Lyme & other tick-borne diseases researchers of anticipated FY22 monies that may become available through the program so that researchers can plan and develop possible grant submissions. The CDMRP-TBDRP states that “Applicants are particularly encouraged to submit applications focused on […]
In this case report, authors describe a human fatality associated with an acute tick-borne infection, human granulocytic anaplasmosis caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. This case occurred in a resident of Vermont. The person presented with multiple comorbidities. Authors recommend that clinicians be aware of the risk factors for severe presentations of this infection and […]
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 […]
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 […]