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This is mostly in the N.E of this country, so those living in N.Y and other areas do check your selves if you go out doors intall grass or over hanging low trees, etc.

New tick-born illness, Borrelia miyamotoi, mimics Lyme disease and is tricky to diagnose

The bacteria, only recently discovered in humans, is carried by ticks and causes flu-like symptoms like fever, headache and nausea.

People are advised to take precautions such as wearing bug spray with DEET if they are spending time outdoors in wooded areas.


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Read more: New tick-born illness, Borrelia miyamotoi, mimics Lyme disease and is tricky to diagnose - NY Daily News

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Tick-borne diseases, including the new Borrelia miyamotoi bacteria that is a cousin of Lyme disease, have flu-like symptoms that may initially be hard to diagnose.

Lyme disease isn't the only thing to get ticked off about this summer. A new tick-borne illness is making the rounds in the Northeastern U.S., confounding doctors who may not know to test for it.

New York state residents are among those most at risk for being infected by the Borrelia miyamotoi bacteria, which, like Lyme disease, is also transmitted through deer ticks.

Symptoms of the new infection are similar to Lyme disease and include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea and muscle pain, but do not include the rash that typically develops with Lyme.

Doctors may test for Lyme disease and be puzzled when tests come up negative, experts said.

The good news is, Borrelia miyamotoi responds to the same antibiotic treatment as its cousin, said Dr. Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.


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Japanese woman dies from tick disease caught from infected cat...

Woman dies from tick disease caught from infected cat
Tue, 25 Jul 2017 - The Japanese case is thought to be the first time the illness was transmitted by an infected mammal.
A Japanese woman has died of a tick-borne disease caught from a cat, in what is thought to be the first such mammal to human transmission. Japan's health ministry said the woman in her 50s had been helping a weakening stray cat when she was bitten. Ten days later, she died of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), which is carried by ticks.

Cute - but potentially carrying a deadly virus?

With no tick bite detected, doctors assume the illness must have been contracted via the infected cat. Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) is an relatively new infectious disease emerging in China, Korea and Japan. The virus is said to have fatally rates between of up to 30% and is especially severe in people over 50.

According to Japanese media, SFTS first occurred in the country in 2013. Japan's health ministry said the recent death was still a rare case but warned people to be careful when in contact with animals in poor physical condition. Globally, tick bites are widely associated with transmitting Lyme disease which can lead to severe illness and death if left untreated.

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What diseases can we catch from our pets?
Following the announcement that two people in England have been infected with tuberculosis by their cat, public health experts were quick to offer reassurance.
The risk of transmission was "very low" and the presence of the infection in cats was "uncommon", they said. In fact, humans get many of the same diseases as our pets and often people and animals can be infected from the same source. Here we look at some of the main diseases that can be caught from our pets - and the risks involved.


The most common infection from cats is Cat Scratch Disease, which is caused by the Bartonella bacterium. People usually become infected after being scratched or bitten by a cat and experience swelling around the site of the scratch, and fatigue. It cannot be transmitted between people. Cats are also the main carriers of the tiny T. gondii parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, but it's also found in dogs, sheep and cattle. The parasite is often found in the faeces of infected cats. You may not know whether your cat is infected or not because cats don't usually show any symptoms.


If the parasite gets into the environment or food chain, it can be ingested by humans. The greatest risk is to pregnant women, who could pass the infection on to their unborn baby, potentially causing brain damage and blindness, but severe congenital toxoplasmosis is rare - three in every 100,000 babies are born with the condition in the UK. Up to a third of the UK population will acquire a toxoplasmosis infection at some point in their life but most people won't notice any symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they will be similar to flu or glandular fever.


Ticks can give both dogs and humans Lyme disease, but it is no more likely that a tick would transfer from pet to person than from human to hound. The most common symptom is a red rash around the tick bite. Flu-like symptoms follow but if left untreated, Lyme disease can cause the joints to swell and lead to neurological problems. Ticks that cause Lyme disease are commonly found in woodland and heath areas where dogs and their owners could be walking. Rabies occurs mostly in dogs (and also in bats) but there is no risk to the general public in the UK from rabies in dogs.

Only four cases of human rabies from dogs have been identified in this country since 2000 - all of which were acquired from dogs abroad. Rabies, a very serious viral infection, is usually transmitted through saliva from the bite of an infected dog. It causes a high fever and aggressive behaviour but it can also spread to the brain and nervous system, and can be fatal. Developing countries, particularly in South and South East Asia, see most of the 55,000 deaths from human rabies in the world each year.


Psittacosis is a bacterial infection that affects birds, particularly parrots. It can also affect other exotic species such as budgies, cockatiels and macaws as well as ducks, gulls, sparrows and hens. It is an airborne disease that can be passed to people who own or work with exotic birds. It causes a high fever, diarrhoea, eye infection and bright red spots - but there are few cases in the UK. Check where that colourful parrot comes from before you take it home.

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Researchers Developing New Test for Lyme Disease
August 16, 2017 | WASHINGTON Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult, but scientists are developing a new way to do it early using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood.
It's still highly experimental, but initial studies suggest the novel tool just might uncover early-stage Lyme disease more accurately than today's standard test, researchers reported Wednesday. And it could tell the difference between two tick-borne diseases with nearly identical early symptoms. "Think about it as looking at a fingerprint," said microbiology professor John Belisle of Colorado State University, who helped lead the research.

Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick, transmits Lyme disease, the most common U.S. tick-borne illness.

Lyme disease is estimated to infect 300,000 people in the U.S. every year. Lyme-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks also called deer ticks primarily in the Northeast and Midwest, although their range is spreading. Lyme typically starts as a fever, fatigue and flu-like symptoms often but not always with a hallmark bull's-eye rash and people usually recover quickly with prompt antibiotics. But untreated, Lyme causes more serious complications, including swollen joints and arthritis, memory and concentration problems, even irregular heartbeat.

Yet today's best available test often misses early Lyme. It's considered no more than 40 percent accurate in the first few weeks of infection. It measures infection-fighting antibodies the immune system produces. Those take a while to form, making the test more useful a month or more after infection sets in than when people first start feeling ill. "We are trying our best to come up with something to help the diagnosis in the very early stages of this infection," said microbiologist Claudia Molins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who teamed with Belisle to develop a new test. "Our goal really is to try to fill that gap."

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This is a very heavy year for ticks. DEET isn't always effective.
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