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Month: July 2020

Lyme disease on the increase in Kalamazoo County – Midwest Communication

Lyme disease on the increase in Kalamazoo County – Midwest Communication

County HCS department says cases are up 13% over last year Friday, July 31, 2020 8:44 a.m. EDT by Jim McKinney Lyme disease cases on the rise in Kalamazoo County KALAMAZOO (WKZO AM/FM) - Officials with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Dept. are warning residents of the rising number of Lyme Disease cases in the county. Statistics indicate the numbers are 13% over last year’s totals, and five times what they were five years ago. Residents should know where ticks live, should walk on trails and stay away from tall grass and brush, and should protect clothing and gear with 0.5% permethrin. For more information, go to https://www.cdc.gov/lyme. Jim McKinney Jim is the Chief Operator at 590, 96.5 WKZO.
Lyme disease vaccine found to be safe and effective in clinical trial – New Scientist

Lyme disease vaccine found to be safe and effective in clinical trial – New Scientist

By Alice Klein A new Lyme disease vaccine is on the way Hailshadow/Getty Images/iStockph A vaccine against Lyme disease has been shown to be safe and effective in a clinical trial and could be available by 2025. Tens of thousands of people in the US and Europe are diagnosed each year with Lyme disease, which is transmitted by tick bites and can cause lifelong health problems like joint and nerve pain if it isn’t treated early. French company Valneva has developed a vaccine that works by stopping Lyme-causing bacteria in ticks from passing into people’s bloodstreams when the ticks bite. It does this …
Tick at provincial park north of Peterborough tests positive for Lyme disease: health unit – Globalnews.ca

Tick at provincial park north of Peterborough tests positive for Lyme disease: health unit – Globalnews.ca

The first Lyme disease-positive tick of the season has been identified by Peterborough Public Health.The health unit says the infected black-legged tick was discovered during recent surveillance work conducted in Petroglyphs Provincial Park, about 55 kilometres north of Peterborough. Additional surveillance will be conducted this fall. If black-legged ticks are identified from the same location, the health unit will inform Public Health Ontario’s Estimated Risk Areas map. Read more: More ticks and more Lyme disease in Canada’s future, experts say Some southern areas of the geographical area serviced by the health unit have been identified as a risk area by Public Health Ontario. The health unit serves Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation. St...
‘It’s just scary how serious Lyme Disease is’: One mom’s warning after son suffers tick bite – WTAE Pittsburgh

‘It’s just scary how serious Lyme Disease is’: One mom’s warning after son suffers tick bite – WTAE Pittsburgh

A local mom is warning parents about the dangers of tick bites after her 4-year-old son contracted Lyme Disease. "It's just scary how serious Lyme Disease is," Brittney Lehman, of Ruffsdale, Westmoreland County, told Pittsburgh's Action News 4. Lehman says her son Carter loves playing outside and she's always careful. She says she checks him every night after his bath. But two weeks ago, he started getting a rash on his cheeks and his temperature hit 103. "He woke up crying and he couldn't walk to the bathroom. He said his body hurt," Lehman said. Doctors immediately put Carter on antibiotics and test results confirmed he had Lyme Disease. Lehman says they likely missed the tick because it was in his hair. "Ticks do really like to go into the hairline and places you're not going to find t...
Department of Health: Lyme disease, COVID-19 share symptoms – Sunbury Daily Item

Department of Health: Lyme disease, COVID-19 share symptoms – Sunbury Daily Item

Ronald Keister late last month started feeling muscle and joint aches and developed a low-grade fever, making him wonder if he somehow contracted COVID-19. The Laurelton resident, worried that his wife who has health problems was in danger, called his doctor to ask if he should be tested for the novel coronavirus. He was told to wait two days to see if the fever would go up; in the meantime, he and his wife noticed a big red welt on his shoulder. Keister had Lyme disease. "We have woods out back, and I'm out there all the time," said Keister. "I've had ticks before, and had no problems. I never saw the tick on this one." The state Department of Health last month put out a media release reminding Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent tick bites and recognize the symptoms ...
Lyme Disease Vaccine Candidate Posts Positive Results – PrecisionVaccinations

Lyme Disease Vaccine Candidate Posts Positive Results – PrecisionVaccinations

A France based specialty vaccine company announced positive initial results for its first Phase 2 study of Lyme disease vaccine candidate VLA15. VLA15 is an investigational multivalent protein subunit vaccine that targets the outer surface protein A (OspA) of Borrelia. In a press statement published on July 22, 2020, Valneva SE stated the VLA15 vaccine candidate was found immunogenic across all dose groups tested. And the VLA15-201 study’s results did not indicate that prior exposure to Lyme (seropositivity) has an impact on immunogenicity or safety. And when compared to a previous Phase 1 study, the higher doses used in this trial elicited higher antibody responses across all serotypes.  Furthermore, in the age group comparable to the age group investigated in Phase 1 (18-49 years),...
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease – Penn State News

The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease – Penn State News

HERSHEY, Pa. — Summer means ample healthy outdoor activities, but the tiny deer tick may have other plans for us. This particular arachnid carries a bacterium that causes Lyme disease which, if left untreated, can lead to severe health problems. As Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease infections, it is critical that all in the commonwealth know how to minimize the risk of contracting the disease and recognize the symptoms of an infection. Prevention in the backyard and beyond Ticks can dwell anywhere, but they thrive in the woods and areas that are damp, dark or overgrown, according to Tara Simmons, a community health nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. That includes lawns that are overgrown or near wooded areas. “Mow your lawn,” Simmons said. “And i...
The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease – Newswise

The Medical Minute: What you need to know about Lyme disease – Newswise

Newswise — Summer means ample healthy outdoor activities, but the tiny deer tick may have other plans for us. This particular arachnid carries a bacterium that causes Lyme disease which, if left untreated, can lead to severe health problems. As Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease infections, it is critical that all in the Commonwealth know how to minimize the risk of contracting the disease and recognize the symptoms of an infection.Prevention in the backyard and beyondTicks can dwell anywhere, but they thrive in the woods and areas that are damp, dark or overgrown, according to Tara Simmons, a community health nurse at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. That includes lawns that are overgrown or near wooded areas.“Mow your lawn,” Simmons said. “And if your ...
Protect Against Lyme Disease: It’s Not too Late For Tick Prevention – Hoard’s Dairyman

Protect Against Lyme Disease: It’s Not too Late For Tick Prevention – Hoard’s Dairyman

The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman. Whether bringing up cattle, accompanying us during barn chores or enjoying a walk outside, our trusty dog is always by our side. That’s why it is important to consider that if your dogs are notprotected, more time outdoorscouldmean heightened risk for tick bites and disease.Nearly 200,000 cases of Lyme disease have been confirmed in the U.S. so far this year, and summer temperatures continue to climb, making for thriving tick environments. However, it isn’t too late to offer dogs protection against harmful Lyme disease. Lyme diseaseis the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Center...
Do I have coronavirus or Lyme disease? – TODAY

Do I have coronavirus or Lyme disease? – TODAY

Feeling sick with a fever — even a slight one — along with chills, fatigue and achy joints during this pandemic era may all seem to point to the coronavirus, particularly in summer with flu season still months away. But there may be another culprit: Lyme disease. “Lyme disease is just as common this year as it was last year or the year before,” Dr. Daniel Cameron, a Lyme disease specialist in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York, told TODAY. What’s more, Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria or a parasite in a tick, has a reputation for imitating other conditions. “It triggers cytokines, the inflammatory process, and by triggering the whole natural immune system, it will mimic some other infections that affect the immune system,” Cameron said. When the immune system is working ha...