Yale researchers have discovered a new tick-borne disease in the Northeast region of the US. Described as a cousin of Lyme disease, this new disease is transmitted by the deer tick. The new bacterial illness was just recently disclosed in a paper and letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, and is the 5th human illness spread by ticks. The disease is so new, that it has yet to be named.
“The good news is it looks like it is a treatable illness based on the small number of patients reported thus far,’’ said Brian Fallon, professor of psychiatry who runs Columbia University’s Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center and is not associated with the studies. “It’s promising to realize that scientists have identified a new organism carried by ticks that might help to explain why some patients who test negative for Lyme nonetheless respond favorably to antibiotic treatment.”
Yale researches had co-authored a Russian study with Russian scientists, and had then began a study to see if the infection could be found in human blood here in the US.
According to the lead author of the study, Peter Krause, the symptoms of this new disease are similar to those of Lyme, but it is less common than Lyme disease.
As we find out more about this new tick-borne disease, we’ll be sure to share those findings here on our blog. Our goal is to keep you informed and help prevent tick-borne disease through our barrier spray and tick control services.
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