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Mosquitos in Germany found to carry Lyme disease - new study.

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by justy, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. justy

    justy Donate Advocate Demonstrate

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    Abstract only available - it is behind a paywall.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877959X15300327
     
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  2. duncan

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    They knew as far back as 1983 that at least some species of mosquitoes carried Lyme disease. One study done at that time (Magnarelli et al) seemed to suggest that mosquitoes could convey Bb at least to hamsters.

    The relative paucity of studies looking at other insects as Bb vectors is interesting in and of itself, imo.
     
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    edited post above to add link
     
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    I'd point out that there are well-known results in veterinary medicine showing the presence of borrelia miyamotoi in significant percentages of wild turkeys in precisely those regions of the U.S. where Lyme disease is said not to be a problem. Standard FDA-approved tests for Lyme disease in the U.S. would not detect B. miyamotoi or any of the species mentioned in this paper. Several of the mosquito genera mentioned in that paper are definitely found in the U.S. Other papers indicate that wild turkeys with various borrelia infections do get around a good bit. From personal observations, I can report significant numbers of mosquitoes around Turkey Lake, where there just happen to be wild turkeys.

    Anyone for parallel research in the U.S.?
     
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  5. whodathunkit

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    Had no idea. Interesting if terrible news. thanks for posting, @justy!
     
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    If mosquitoes turn out to be vectors, then the belief that it takes many hours to transmit Bb will have to be reevaluated.
     
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