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UK Telegraph: New illness spread by ticks found similar to Lyme disease

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by Kate_UK, Oct 25, 2015.

  1. Kate_UK

    Kate_UK Senior Member

  2. Asa

    Asa Senior Member

    (I.) 24 March 2014: "Recently, B. miyamotoi belonging to the relapsing fever group and transmitted by the same Ixodes species has been involved in human disease in Russia, the USA and the Netherlands...

    The genotypes of all B. miyamotoi detected in French ticks and rodents were perfectly identical to genotypes already described in ticks from Western Europe, and to the genotype recently isolated from a sick person in the Netherlands....

    ...ticks could simultaneously transmit B. miyamotoi and Lyme disease spirochetes (B. garinii in our case) to humans. This raises the problem of co-infection in humans, a poorly studied issue but with strong potential implications and relevance for public health."


    (II.) 11 May 2015: Borrelia miyamotoi found in Norway -- and other European countries including Sweden and Denmark.

    (III.) 29 July 2015: A deadly borrelia bacteria--borrelia miyamotoi--found in Denmark can now too be found in Sweden… Because symptoms caused by borrelia miyamotoi (neurological problems, headache, fatigue, fever, joint pain) can differ from symptoms caused by other [European] varieties of borrelia, borrelia miyamotoi may be overlooked by doctors… Borrelia miyamotoi was found in Russia in 2011 and in the US in 2013…


    (IV) Other borrelia miyamotoi affected countries?? [EDIT]

    Also, July 2015 (P.J. Krause et. al.): "The geographic range of B. miyamotoi infection in tick vectors is much broader than the countries where human infection has been reported.

    B. miyamotoi has been found in ticks from Asia (Japan and central Russia), North America (the United States and Canada) and Europe (Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland).

    It likely coexists with B. burgdorferi or other Lyme disease Borrelia species throughout its distribution...


    (V.) 15% of cases of borrelia/neuroborreliosis in the UK are/were acquired abroad....

    "Of cases with a definite travel history, most have been acquired in the United States, France, Germany, Scandinavia and other northern and central European countries - and most occurred in holidaymakers. In recent years, there have been greater numbers of cases acquired in central and eastern Europe, reflecting increased tourism to and immigration from these areas."


    (VI.) UK guidelines for borrelia state that that longer courses of antibiotics and retreatment may be necessary for neuroborreliosis.


    (VII.) (Post 1 link archived: http://web.archive.org/web/20151025...d-by-ticks-found-similar-to-Lyme-disease.html)
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  3. adreno

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    I'd like to see them exterminated.
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  4. msf

    msf Senior Member

    What are the odds of this making up a significant proportion of the cases of seronegative Lyme?
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    msf Senior Member

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  6. duncan

    duncan Senior Member

    Wish all authors were required to fact-check. (For example; it is babesia that is related to malaria, and there are a lot more than only two or three known coinfections; it might also be good for the reader to know which were bacteria vs. parasites vs viruses).

    Yeah, so miyamotoi is a real concern. No widely available commercial tests that I can recall have been announced, but I seem to remember hearing both Imugen and IGeneX are working on one.

    It's not so new. But how widespread it is apparently caught many experts off guard. When they found it on the east coast of the US, they found it on an 85 year old woman farmer who lives about a 30 minute drive from me. When I asked the NIH about it shortly after that woman was diagnosed, a Lyme Team member opined to me that miyamotoi would not amount to much; this same person advised me the only way to treat ME/CFS is by GET and CBT.

    At least they acknowledge miyamotoi is relapsing fever. They also acknowledge that the infection can be passed down from a mother tick to her offspring - something that is contested or even outright denied about Bb.

    And @msf, there are many folks out there that are wondering the same thing....

    ETA: Sorry, I should have clarified that the transovarial component is significant in that it could suggest a faster spread of the disease.
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