As a follow-up to its 2020 report from its 2020 citizen science project, the Maine Forest Tick Survey at the University of Maine is recruiting forest landowners in nine southern and coastal Maine counties to begin sampling for ticks in July 2021 when tick nymphs become active. The 2020 project collected 1643 ticks, and 445 […]
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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 Surveillance System (NNDSS). Data shows an increasing trend of reported Babesia cases (14,159 total) during this time period, with white men in the middle and […]
In this newly published review, authors address the geographic distribution of the human-infecting Babesia spp., their phylogenetic relationship, and their tick vector worldwide. Authors found that the number of human Babesiosis cases appearing in the literature has increased exponentially in the last 10 years, with the US leading the world in reported case numbers.
Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, Report to Congress 2020; David Hughes Walker, MD (Co-Chair); Leigh Ann Soltysiak, MS (Co-Chair); Charles Benjamine (Ben) Beard, PhD; Scott Palmer Commins, BS, MD, PhD; Angel M. Davey, PhD; Dennis M. Dixon, PhD; Sam T. Donta, MD; Adalberto Perez de Leon, DVM, MS, PhD; Kevin R. Macaluso, PhD; Patricia V. Smith, […]
BACKGROUND: The 17th Working Group Meeting turned out to be a referendum on the Patient Chapter of the upcoming 2020 Working Group report. The previous 9 months of the WG had seen that chapter content consistently eroded by comments from just a few WG members which forced shortening of chapter, removal of material, rewriting of […]
Richard Horwitz, MD, et al., have published a new case study and retrospective chart review of 40 patients on double dose dapsone combination therapy (DDD CT) in the journal Antibiotics.
The study found that of the 40 patients analyzed, an 8-week course of dapsone combined with doxycycline and rifampin effectively improved symptoms in 98% of patients, as well as led to long-term remission in 45% of the total patients studied, even though most of the individuals were ill for a decade or longer.
The results of a study to collect ticks from Pike County, Pennsylvania, conducted by the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory of East Stroudsburg University included real time PCR analysis of ticks countywide. The county was divided into 9 grids, each with several collection sites. The sites were based on use by community members and presence of […]
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.
2019 Annual Scientific Conference – Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 20th Annual Scientific Update for Clinicians & Researchers
The Lyme Disease Association held the 20th annual scientific conference, Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: 20th Annual Scientific Update for Clinicians & Researchers, on September 21 & 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA at the Hilton Penn’s Landing on the banks of the Delaware. Columbia University jointly provides the conference. This conference was designed for medical […]
Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) and Columbia University jointly provided the “20th Annual Scientific Update for Clinicians & Researchers: Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases” on September 21st and 22nd in Philadelphia. Over the past two decades, the conference has grown to be an essential event for the Lyme disease community. Every year doctors, researchers, patients, […]