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Month: September 2020

U of I research team to tackle tick-borne illnesses, Lyme Disease – Idaho Press-Tribune

U of I research team to tackle tick-borne illnesses, Lyme Disease – Idaho Press-Tribune

MOSCOW, Idaho — University of Idaho announced that researchers there are leading a nearly $6 million National Science Foundation cooperative agreement, using large and complex data sets to improve prediction and response measures for tick-borne diseases. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published in 2018, tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and anaplasmosis, with symptoms similar to COVID-19, more than doubled from 22,000 cases in 2004 to 48,000 cases in 2016. Ticks were responsible for 94% of vector-borne diseases in 2014. “Tick-borne disease is widespread, but it’s not only a human illness. It can infect animals such as horses and cattle, too,” said Xiaogang “Marshall” Ma, computer science assistant professor and researc...
Tick-Borne Illnesses: Rising Incidence, Rising Concerns – Infectious Disease Advisor

Tick-Borne Illnesses: Rising Incidence, Rising Concerns – Infectious Disease Advisor

Second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human pathogens worldwide, ticks are responsible for the vast majority of cases of vector-borne infectious diseases in the United States.1 According to data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 491,671 cases of tick-borne diseases were reported during 2004 to 2016. Reports of tick-borne diseases more than doubled during this 13-year period, rising from 22,527 cases in 2004 to 48,610 cases in 2016. Lyme disease accounted for 402,502 cases.2 These figures likely represent a fraction of the actual amount of tick-borne disease in the United States. Estimates of incident cases of Lyme disease according to positive tests from large commercial laboratories3 and diagnoses recorded...