Tuesday, August 11

Lyme Disease

How to Avoid Ticks, Lyme Disease as You Return to Nature – Healthline

How to Avoid Ticks, Lyme Disease as You Return to Nature – Healthline

Experts say ticks are becoming more common and there are increases in the rate of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. They note ticks tend to habitat in tall grass, trees, and underbrush. They encourage hikers and other people going outdoors to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts. They also recommend using an insect repellent and checking for ticks immediately after an outdoor activity. Be prepared to encounter ticks this season as COVID-19 restrictions relax and people return to the outdoors. Avoiding the small, eight-legged parasites is becoming increasingly challenging and rates of tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease, are on the rise, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are seeing more and more people heading outdoors after being houseb...

A Lyme disease vaccine doesn’t exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection – The Conversation US

Lyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted by an infected tick bite, symptoms can include arthritis, cardiac and neurological problems if left untreated. It is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 300,000 people likely contract the disease each year. Scientists, doctors and ecologists have worked for decades to slow the spread of Lyme and the blacklegged, or deer, ticks that carry the disease-causing bacteria. However, the ticks’ range continues to expand. Today, over 50% of the American population lives in an area where these ticks are found. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against Lyme in 1998, but it was met by con...

A Lyme disease vaccine doesn’t exist, but a yearly antibody shot shows promise at preventing infection – The Conversation US

Lyme disease has become an insidious epidemic in the United States. Caused by bacteria transmitted by an infected tick bite, symptoms can include arthritis, cardiac and neurological problems if left untreated. It is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that around 300,000 people likely contract the disease each year. Scientists, doctors and ecologists have worked for decades to slow the spread of Lyme and the blacklegged, or deer, ticks that carry the disease-causing bacteria. However, the ticks’ range continues to expand. Today, over 50% of the American population lives in an area where these ticks are found. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine against Lyme in 1998, but it was met by con...
Lyme Disease and COVID-19 Can Share Similar Symptoms: Tell Them Apart – Healthline

Lyme Disease and COVID-19 Can Share Similar Symptoms: Tell Them Apart – Healthline

Share on PinterestHere’s how you can stay safe while enjoying the outdoors this summer. Getty Images Many of the symptoms of Lyme disease and COVID-19 are “nonspecific.” That means a wide variety of health conditions may cause them. For example, fatigue, malaise, headache, and body aches are associated with not only Lyme disease and COVID-19, but also other viral infections, such as the flu. They may also be symptoms of an autoimmune disorder. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. It’s caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which may be passed to people through the bites of infected blacklegged ticks. Most reported cases of the disease occur in June and July, when blacklegged tick populations are high. As Lyme disease season makes its annual return, a...
Chronic Lyme disease: How one tick bite can ruin your health for ever – New Scientist

Chronic Lyme disease: How one tick bite can ruin your health for ever – New Scientist

For some people, the symptoms of Lyme disease never go away after treatment. Now we have clues about why this happens, supporting the idea that "chronic Lyme" really does exist Health 3 June 2020 By Chelsea Whyte Ticks transmit Lyme disease by passing on Borrelia bacteria when they bite Eye Of Science/Science Photo Library BARELY a summer day went by that I didn’t hear someone talking about Lyme disease. In the four years I lived on Long Island in New York, checking for ticks became second nature. After a walk in the woods. After a stroll in the marshy grasses by the beach. After a backyard barbecue. I remember the first one I found on my clothing: a lone star tick, its distinctive white dot almost shining up at me from the crook of my elbow. I panicked until I found out that lone stars...
Knowing Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease Is Critical for Early Detection and Treatment, Says Industry-Leading Quidel – Business Wire

Knowing Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease Is Critical for Early Detection and Treatment, Says Industry-Leading Quidel – Business Wire

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With America on lockdown the past two months, many people turned to the woods for safe isolation and social distancing. And now as sections of the country reopen and summer approaches, the outdoors will be filled with hikers, campers, hunters and fishermen. It will also be filled with ticks that may be carrying the bacterial infection that spreads Lyme disease to humans and pets. Unlike a mosquito bite where people know immediately if they have been bitten, a tick bite may go undetected; and one of the challenges with Lyme disease is that symptoms may not appear for two to six weeks. That makes it critically important to take steps to avoid catching the disease and to know its warning signs so treatment can begin early when it is most effective. “While not al...
Lyme disease season is here. These are tips on how to avoid it. – Baltimore Sun

Lyme disease season is here. These are tips on how to avoid it. – Baltimore Sun

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the rapidly growing number of cases is alarming—largely because many are stymied by its origins. COVID-19 is an exampleof zoonosis: a disease or infection that is transmitted to humans from animals. COVID-19 is the name of thespecific illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The exact origins of COVID-19 are not yet clearly understood, but the first outbreak of cases have been associated with alive animal market in Wuhan, China. It is thought that this particular coronavirus originated in bats who then infected the live animals sold in the market. The leap from animal to human was thought to have occurred because of humans’ close exposure to the animals in the market; but which exact animals were the source, and whether humans inhaled, ...
That summer flu might be Lyme disease, not coronavirus — you don’t want that either – MarketWatch

That summer flu might be Lyme disease, not coronavirus — you don’t want that either – MarketWatch

Summer is field season for ecologists like me, a time when my colleagues, students and I go out into fields and woods in search of ticks to study the patterns and processes that allow disease-causing microbes — primarily bacteria and viruses — to spread among wildlife and humans. That field work means we’re also at risk of getting the very diseases we study. I always remind my crew members to pay close attention to their health. If they get a fever or any other signs of sickness, they should seek medical treatment immediately and tell their doctor that they may have been exposed to ticks. When summer flu-like illnesses develop in anyone who spends time outdoors in areas where ticks are common, tick-transmitted diseases like Lyme disease should be considered a likely culprit. This summer,...
Lyme Disease Season Is Here. These Are Tips on How to Avoid It. – The New York Times

Lyme Disease Season Is Here. These Are Tips on How to Avoid It. – The New York Times

As if we all needed another health concern, Lyme disease season has arrived.A walk in the woods might be an appealing way to relieve stress from the coronavirus lockdown, but it comes with an underappreciated risk: Ticks that carry Lyme and other illnesses.Some of the basic symptoms of a Lyme infection — fever, malaise, fatigue — can resemble Covid-19. That’s a worry nobody needs. In addition, contracting a serious illness like Lyme could put you at greater risk from Covid.“We already know people with underlying conditions are more vulnerable for complications with coronavirus,” said Shannon L. Delaney, a neuropsychiatrist and director of child and adolescent evaluation at Columbia University’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center. “Certainly, people with tick-borne illness fall i...
Ticks don’t do social distancing: COVID-19, Lyme disease can look similar – NNY360

Ticks don’t do social distancing: COVID-19, Lyme disease can look similar – NNY360

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis have symptoms that overlap with those of COVID-19: fever, weariness and a nondescript unwellness. These diseases do not, however, include a cough, like COVID-19 does. “Providers will now have to consider tick-borne disease and COVID if patients present with an isolated fever,” Elizabeth Rogers, a spokeswoman for Elizabethtown Community Hospital wrote in an email. “The dynamics change with the season,” ECH’s Director of Primary Care Dr. Rob Demuro wrote in an e...