Topic ID #21628 - posted 7/19/2012 1:20 AM

Newly Notable Tick-Carried Disease Is on the Rise...and It's Not Lyme



Jennifer Palmer

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Newly Notable Tick-Carried Disease Is on the Rise...and It's Not Lyme
Ticks don't just carry Lyme disease. The babesia tick parasite invades red blood cells and sickens humans, too. Time to review your anti-tick tactics!
By Leah Zerbe

Lyme disease is complicated. Hard to reliably diagnose with lab tests, the tick-borne disease can cause a wide range of symptoms that often wax, wane, and migrate, confusing doctors and patients alike. (In fact, many doctors don't even acknowledge that chronic Lyme exists, leaving many infected patients in chronic pain.)

But Lyme isn't the only disease that can come from a tick bite. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about the growing threat of babesiosis, a protozoan parasite that infiltrates and reproduces in our red blood cells, is on the rise in certain parts of the country. "Babesiosis can be found in ticks throughout the country, but is most concentrated in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and West Coast," explains Andrea Gaito, MD, a rheumatologist on the board of directors for the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS). "All doctors have seen an increase in the cases of babesiosis because more ticks are infected."


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Post ID#20154 - replied 5/9/2013 6:14 AM



Jennifer Palmer

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An interesting article from Outside Magazine:

The Rise of the Tick

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