Discovery of a New Tick Borne Disease


New Haven, Conn. — Yale School of Public Health researchers in collaboration with Russian scientists have discovered a new tick-borne bacterium that might be causing disease in the United States and elsewhere. Their findings appear in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

This new disease is caused by a spirochete bacterium called Borrelia miyamotoi, which is distantly related to Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Yale professor of epidemiology Durland Fish and colleagues found this new spirochete, previously known only from ticks in Japan, in deer ticks in Connecticut in 2001, but did not know if it caused disease in humans.

The bacteria have since been found in all tick species that transmit Lyme disease throughout the United States and Europe.

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2 comments for “Discovery of a New Tick Borne Disease

  1. August 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Maju, I know we disagree on this, and one could write a book on it (and plopee have). So, here just a few points specifically for most of north/central Europe (west of the steppe/plains):Firstly, re timelines for plopee, culture, and language (IE) from the East to reach the areas west of the plains: If it is supposed to be Globular Amphora (GA), then (i) it is way too late given modern linguistic timings of the IE tree, and (ii) contradicts the fact that the area west of it a few hundred years later developed its own early and mid bronze age with documented trade and cultural exchange from the south (specifically over the Alps and with the Balkans/ Greece), not the east. Finally, GA has cultural continuity with the local Funnelbeaker (FB) offshoot of LBK, starts with megalithic graves and ends in “Hockerge4ber, no Tumuli – none of that is eastern. Associated cattle graves are a cultural continuity with FB, not of eastern origin, then, either.It can’t be Baden either, because besides the timing issue, that is associated with the northern Balkans and not the east, and they had a mix of regular burials and cremations. Also, Baden has cultural continuity with the local Lengyel offshoot of LBK.If it is the bronze age, you have the problem that tumuli with the characteristic grave position don’t occur until 600 years after the local early bronze age.Secondly, the proposed “driving agents” and supposedly introduced cultural items are mostly flawed in this region:- there are almost no warrior-chieftains graves; society was largely egalitarian (as before and after, even into the iron age, north of the Celts)- horses could not be used effectively because of heavy forestation, heavy soil, and expensive/unavailable winter fodder. And indeed, north of the Danube horses were extremely rare until Roman times.- chariots are equally useless and indeed were not used. The first usage of chariots is in south, in the celtic region, and not until the iron age.- the early bronze age is local there, with local production and import of raw materials from the north and the south, not the east.- there is local cultural continuity; very few things are adopted from the east (tumuli graves with characteristic position, but there are also cremations), most items are imported/adopted from the south, or are evolutions from local cultural continuity.Basically, by the time you get to western Poland, there is almost nothing left of any sorts of Kurgan (or hybrid) cultural package. Most importantly, anything that could have been causal in forcing the adoption of a new language is lacking.

  2. August 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

    The odds are in your favor since you caught the Lyme early. There is about a 10-20% canhce that some will not be cured with doxy alone. There are different reasons for that, one of which is co-infections that doctors are not testing for & therefore not treating with additional antibiotics. There are also studies showing that some of the Borrelia strains do not go past the skin so won’t disseminate in the body anyway. Hopefully that will be your situation.

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