The study “Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Stricto DNA in Field-Collected Haemaphysalis longicornis Ticks, Pennsylvania, United States” was recently published in the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases. Pennsylvania has the highest number of reported Lyme disease cases in the US.
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The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), and American College of Rheumatology (ACR) announced on November 30, 2020, new guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease. Among the treatment recommendations, the guidelines recommend oral antibiotic therapy for most patients with Lyme disease.
A new study published in Infectious Disease Modelling examines the relationships between incidence, prevalence, and total infection burden for Lyme borreliosis (LB) using sentinel canine and human seroprevalence data.
The researchers developed two models to estimate LB cases. One analyzed seroprevalence of Borrelia infections in human samples, applying corrections for false negative and false positive results from published test sensitivity and specificity measures.
The upcoming meeting of the HHS Working Group on Sept. 15 may be your last chance to influence language on persistent/chronic Lyme. At the last meeting, several members of the Working Group (WG) worked hard to have language related to patients with persistent Lyme symptoms removed from the WG report which will go to Congress at end of year.
The time has come when the public is entitled to know who in government or elsewhere is controlling the treatment of Lyme disease. 43 years into the disease, patients who can range from just infected to seriously debilitated with long-standing disease, are all thrown the same tired old bone, 3 weeks of doxycycline.
June 16, 2017 – In an MMWR article highlighting several cases of patients diagnosed with Lyme disease who developed complications including death from the treatment, CDC said it does not recommend prolonged antibiotic or immunoglobulin therapy, which it says, lack data supporting effectiveness for chronic Lyme disease. According to the article entitled “Serious Bacterial Infections […]
There are a number of ticks in the United States that can carry and/or transmit many diseases which people and their pets may get from a tickbite. Often, one tickbite can transmit several different diseases. The ticks most often talked about are the Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, and its western cousin, Ixodes pacificus, the western blacklegged tick.
UPDATE 5-6-15: Click here for LDA/LDo Press release on IDSA guidelines process In a move designed to spotlight concerns about the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines’ development process, groups in the Lyme community nationwide have come together to make their voices heard. The effort to date consists of three different letters which were […]
How a child or adolescent with undiagnosed Lyme Disease might present to: The Teacher · Lethargy, fatigue · Difficulty remaining in class · Moodiness, depression, anxiety · Early morning absences · Withdrawal from peers · Erratic academic performance · Headaches or other physical complaints · Declining grades · Behavioral problems · Attentional disorders · Speaking and writing difficulty · Poor concentration and memory · Declining school attendance […]
With your help, during 2011, Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA) has continued to provide dollars for Lyme programs–research funding, education, prevention, and patient support. LDA continues its success despite being the only major Lyme organization run totally by volunteers – grassroots people whose only concerns are to raise monies for the cure for Lyme disease, […]