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    New tick-borne disease discovered

    Post by chi_solas on Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:21 am

    Folks who spend time in the woods
    or go on retreats may want to review
    this article. Deer citing have been
    seen in cities so it maybe not just
    in the woods that these beautiful
    animals stroll.


    New tick-borne disease discovered
    Nantucket patient infected with new illness
    UPDATED 6:30 PM EST Jan 17, 2013

    NANUCKET, Mass. —A new tick-borne disease has been discovered in Massachusetts, according to researchers.

    A man on Nantucket has been diagnosed with the disease.

    Researchers from the Yale School of Public Medicine said evidence of the disease was discovered in 18 patients in New England and New York, including the patient from Nantucket.

    The disease is so new that it doesn't have a name.

    It's the first time an infection in humans from a bacterium known as Borrelia miyamotoi has been confirmed in the U.S.

    Dr. Sam Telford, an expert on tick-borne diseases, authored the paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on the new illness.

    He says the new disease now adds up to five different illnesses caused by deer ticks.

    "We need to start talking about prevention. Nobody's doing anything about controlling ticks. We can start by cleaning up our yards and reducing the deer population by increasing hunting," he said.

    The disease is transmitted by the deer tick, which also infects people with Lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue and is treated with the same antibiotics used to treat Lyme.

    The symptoms are somewhat similar, except Lyme disease presents a rash.

    Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/health/New-tick-borne-disease-discovered/-/9848730/18163128/-/91btk1z/-/index.html#ixzz2IchVPzoy


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