New Type Lyme Disease
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#1 Jan 26, 2013
Emerging tick-borne disease reaches USA
Published on January 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM·No Comments
By Helen Albert, Senior medwireNews Reporter
A new tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia miyamotoi that produces similar symptoms to Lyme disease has been confirmed in a small number of patients in the USA.
"While many symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, patients also may experience other symptoms, such as relapsing fever," said Peter Krause (Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, USA), lead author of the letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and colleagues.
B. miyamotoi is related to B. burgdorferi, the causative spirochete bacteria for Lyme disease, and is carried by all the same species of ticks. The first report of human infection was in 46 patients in Russia in 2011.
Krause and team assessed whether infection with B. miyamotoi had reached the USA. They tested three groups of people from areas endemic for Lyme disease for the new infection.
In the first group, 584 people were taking part in a survey about tick-borne infections and were from Block Island, Prudence Island, Rhode Island, and Brimfield in Massachusetts. All the participants were healthy when their blood was sampled. The second group involved 277 people from New England who were being tested for suspected Lyme disease, and the third group consisted of 14 individuals from New York who had symptoms of a viral-like illness and were being evaluated at a Lyme disease clinic.
The team reports that 18 people across the three groups were infected with B. miyamotoi, none of whom were immunocompromised. The seroprevalence was 1.0%, 3.2%, and 21.0% in groups one, two, and three, respectively.
All the patients had a viral-like illness and were successfully treated with doxycycline or amoxicillin.
In the same issue of the journal, Sam Telford (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA) and co-authors report a case of meningoencephalitis in an immunocompromised patient that they believe was caused by B. miyamotoi.
Telford and colleagues suggest: "It is likely that B. miyamotoi is an underrecognized cause of disease, especially in sites where Lyme disease is endemic."
#2 Jan 26, 2013
Lyme Disease originated at the Plum Island bo-warfare research facility which is just south and west of the two places Lyme Disease first popped up- Lyme Conn. and Eastern Long Island. It was mutated from the very similar spiroshette syphilis.
The germ warfare lab was put on the island in the hopes that viruses or bacterium like what we now as 'Lyme' wouldn't escape to the mainland but the mutated syphilis treated insects jumped onto birds and deer that swam ashore from the island.
Germs Gone Wild: The Horrific Secrets of Plum Island
Traub regularly experimented with injecting dangerous pathogens into insects. The Joint Chiefs of Staff authorized this and similar research in 1952. Dusty files labeled “Tick Research” in the National Archives revealed this quote:“Vigorous, well-planned, large-scale [biological warfare] test, with results to the secretary of defense. Steps should be taken to make certain adequate facilities are available, including those at Fort Detrick, Dugway Proving Ground, Fort Terry (Plum Island) and an island field testing area.” Once they had the genetic footprint of the Lyme disease germ, researchers began to comb through disease cluster histories. It didn’t make sense that Lyme would suddenly emerge, seemingly out of nowhere, in one town in rural Connecticut. Some of these investigators believe they found traces of borrelia in preserved insect and animal samples taken from nearby Shelter Island, as well as Long Island. The samples dated from the late 1940s to the early 1950s—the timeframe in which Erich Traub was infecting ticks on Plum Island.
Reviewing The Poison Plum: The Rest of the Story About Plum Island
Plum Island, Lyme Disease and Operation Paperclip
Jesse Ventura's TruTV show about Plum Island
#3 Jan 27, 2013
The Alex Jones I hate the USA hooks crawling out of the walls again....
#4 Jan 28, 2013
I would think that this "new" Lyme disease would push back the first to be called "Old Lyme" disease just like the name of it's origin " Old Lyme Ct." Boy I am a scholar or completely crazy. My money is on the latter.
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