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 larvae), of Borrelia miyamotoi from Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged ticks). Results show that although multiple transmission routes contribute to maintenance of B. miyamotoi in the ecosystem, […]
Journal of Medical Entomology published, “Reported County-Level Distribution of Seven
Human Pathogens Detected in Host-Seeking Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus (Acari: Ixodidae) in the Contiguous United States” by Amy C. Fleshman, et al.
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.
Dowling, A., Young, et al., published a report in Journal of Medical Entomology with the results of a cooperative effort to survey ticks throughout Arkansas to better understand the heavy impacts of TBDs such as spotted fever rickettsiosis and ehrlichiosis in the mid-south. Logistical and financial barriers, and expanding geographic area of concern, prompted researchers to collaborate with members of the public to gather data on human disease-causing pathogens carried by ticks.
The use of botanical medicines in the fight against Babesia duncani is explored in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology by Johns Hopins’ Yumin Zhang and a research team.