New Tick Disease Causing People to Get Sick
Tick disease in general that affects humans also creates illness in dogs, which is why I am re-posting this report from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Here are some facts:
– There are more ticks living in more places in America than ever. Where there are ticks, there’s tick disease.
– Tick disease is under-reported in people and in dogs.
– Parasitologists agree there is new tick disease not yet described, but are out there and causing illness, some times serious in people and in dogs.
– When many tick species deliver pathogens as they take a blood meal, they’re giving a cocktail of illnesses – often two or even more diseases simultaneously to people or dogs.
– We can do more to protect dogs from tick disease than we can to protect ourselves. Here are my three not-so-secret ways to do that 1) Check your dog for ticks daily 2) Use a veterinary recommended product 3) vaccinate your dog for Lyme disease, if Lyme is a problem where you live. Odd but true that we can nearly prevent tick disease in dogs if we take the appropriate action, not in people.
– And to be clear the tick called the black-legged tick on the packaging of products is the same exact thing as the deer tick (number one tick when it comes to delivering Lyme to people or dogs).
June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The same ticks that spread Lyme disease may also carry a rarer bacteria, Borrelia miyamotoi, that’s causing serious illness in the northeastern United States, according to a new report published online June 9 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Philip Molloy, M.D., medical director of Imugen Inc., a Norwood, Mass.-based company that develops blood tests for tick-borne diseases, and colleagues reviewed 51 out of 97 Borrelia miyamotoi disease (BMD) infections identified from thousands of blood samples taken in 2013 and 2014.
The tick that spreads BMD is the tiny, hard-bodied deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). These ticks carry six germs that can infect humans, Peter Krause, M.D., a senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Conn., and coauthor of an accompanying journal editorial, told HealthDay. A recurring fever is a hallmark of the infection. If treated early, the fever does not return. A rash is seen in fewer than 10 percent of patients, as opposed to 90 percent of people infected with Lyme disease, he said.
August appears to be the peak time for BMD, a month later than the peak time for Lyme disease. This difference is due to the life cycle of the tick, which spreads different diseases at different times, Krause explained. Many patients have probably been misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly. “Until recently, no one was even looking for BMD in this country,” Krause said. “We know now it’s in this country and it has probably.
Fall is likely when Lyme disease most often affects dogs.