Heidi K. Goethert, et al., published, “Incrimination of shrews as a reservoir for Powassan virus,” in Communications Biology. The study examines Powassan virus lineage 2 (deer tick virus), and the growing threat the pathogen poses to American public health. Powassan virus is known to cause severe neurologic disease although its life cycle in nature is poorly understood.
Other Tick-Borne Diseases
In a recent study conducted in central Pennsylvania, evidence of emerging pathogens, some also common to ticks, have been found in fleas. Various pathogens can be spread by ectoparasites among animal host populations in nature. Along with ticks, fleas are found to commonly infest small mammals. The role of pathogen transmission cycles for these vectors is unknown. Only the white footed mouse tested positive for the blood‐borne pathogens examined, with 47 (18.1%) positive for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and ten (4.8%) positive for Babesia microti. Other pathogens included Bartonella vinsonii, B. microti, and a Rickettsia felis‐like bacterium.
New study summarizes human surveillance data from 2011-2018 in the United States for Babesia infections reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Notifiable Diseases […]
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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.
Nature Microbiology recently published an article where researchers identified a sugar that influences cell wall function in Borrelia spirochetes. Authors state that Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria produces glycan chains in the […]
Alpha-gal is a sugar molecule found in most mammals (not people, apes, monkeys) and in products made from mammals including medications, vaccines, cosmetics, gelatin and milk products. It is not […]
Victoria Costa, et al., published the case report “Transfusion-transmitted babesiosis in a patient with sickle cell disease undergoing chronic red cell exchange” in Transfusion, January 13, 2023. The report describes a 30-year-old male patient with sickle cell disease (SCD) who presented with fever, neck pain, and photophobia roughly two months after receiving red cell exchange (RCE), a regimen he had been receiving since childhood.
A recent study published in Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases compared the efficacy of transmission routes, both horizontal (between life stages of developing ticks) and transovarial (from infected female tick to […]