Tick-Borne Illness Spreading

Posted on June 30 2015

First found in the United States in 2013, a bacteria associated with ticks carrying Lyme Disease has been spreading across the Northeast. This disease, identified as B. Miyatomoi (BMD) is treatable, but is often not checked for by physicians. Left untreated, the disease can cause serious symptoms and may lead to hospitalization. Borrelia Miyamotoi is an illness that causes flu-like symptoms much like Lyme Disease including headache, chills, fever, muscle pain, and can even result in brain infection. Roughly one-quarter of infected patients require hospitalization but are often not identified as doctors know to check for Lyme Disease, but many are unfamiliar with BMD. This illness is caused by a rare bacteria that is found in hard-bodied deer ticks and is often accompanied by Lyme Disease. First identified in Japan in 1994, this disease was just found in North America in the last couple of years. Fortunately, B. Miyatomoi responds to the same antibiotics that are used to treat Lyme Disease, so even if patients are misdiagnosed, they are often properly treated. However, researchers indicate that there may be milder cases of the bacteria in the general population that go untreated. The peak season for BMD occurs in August about a month after the peak identification of Lyme Disease. Researchers indicate that being mindful of the symptoms and checking for ticks when returning from the outdoors can go a long way toward prevention of associated illness. Additionally, prompt tick removal is essential as it only takes roughly 24 hours for the infection to spread from the tick to the bloodstream.


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