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CSU test differentiates Lyme disease from STARI

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, but it can be confused with similar conditions, including Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). A team of researchers led by Colorado State University has identified a way to distinguish Lyme disease from similar conditions, according to a new study published Aug. 16 in Science Translational Medicine. […] The post CSU test differentiates Lyme disease from STARI appeared first on Outbreak News Today.

A look at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease

Saturday, August 12, 2017 -- A study, originally published in January in the journal, PLoS One, looked at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease. Researchers suggests that under environmentally-realistic conditions, southern environments exert greater mortality pressure on ticks than is experienced by northern ticks, because of the increased desiccation stress under the warmer southern conditions. See New York from the water […] The post A look at the differences in geographical distribution of Lyme disease appeared first on Outbreak News Today.

Researchers Developing New Test for Lyme Disease

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult, but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood. It's still highly experimental, but initial studies suggest the novel tool just might uncover early-stage Lyme disease more accurately than today's standard test, researchers reported Wednesday. And it could tell the difference between two tick-borne diseases with nearly identical early symptoms. "Think about it as looking at a fingerprint," said microbiology professor John Belisle of Colorado State University, who helped lead the research. Lyme disease is estimated to infect 300,000 people in the U.S. every year. Lyme-causing bacteria are spread by blacklegged ticks — also called

No evidence to support prolonged antibiotic use for Lyme disease

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Although there are numerous critical issues surrounding the topic of chronic Lyme disease, the duration of time required to treat the disease with antibiotics remains one of the most contentious. Despite several clinical trials indicating otherwise, many Lyme disease advocates insist that the disease requires a prolonged course of multiple antibiotics to completely eradicate it and avoid the development of “chronic” Lyme disease.Infectious Disease News asked Johan S. Bakken, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, past president of IDSA and an infectious disease physician at St. Luke’s Health Care System in Duluth, Minnesota, about whether there is any new evidence to support the use — and associated risks — of prolonged antibiotics for Lyme disease.

Confronting the misnomer of ‘chronic’ Lyme disease

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Studies suggest that around 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States, according to the CDC, with 14 states in the Northeast and upper Midwest accounting for 96% of reported cases. As the most commonly reported tickborne illness in the country, Lyme disease has grown in incidence and expanded beyond its historically endemic range in the last 2 decades.The CDC estimates that 70% to 80% of patients with Lyme disease develop the telltale erythema migrans rash, but some patients may exhibit only symptoms of fever, fatigue or muscle/joint pain, which leaves physicians to piece together the diagnosis after confirming whether the patient was in a Lyme-endemic area. If symptoms are vague, physicians may order