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tick borne infections can be deadly


Ticks are active above freezing temperatures, and other tick borne infections can be deadly (so be careful outside at this time of the year, especially with leaf litter). This article by a PhD student at the University of Maryland discusses three common TBD's: rickettsia, Anaplasma and Babesia and why we need to stay vigilant. Rickettsia and Anaplasma can be effectively treated with doxycycline early in the illness after a tick-bite, but there is no universally effective treatment for Babesia (we are looking into getting an IND to test clofazamine, recently published to have efficacy).
Also, other tick-borne infections are not discussed here, including soft tick and hard tick relapsing fever (Borrelia miyamotoi), viral infections (Powassan), or tularemia. Chapters 5 and 6 of 'How Can I Get Better' (St Martins Press, 2017) discuss these infections in more detail for those who want to learn more about their clinical manifestations and treatments.

Les tiques du chien préfèrent les humains comme hôtes lorsque les températures augmentent


Nous avons constaté que lorsque les températures passaient d’environ 74 à 100 degrés Fahrenheit [23 to 38 degrees Celsius], les tiques brunes porteuses de la maladie étaient 2,5 fois plus susceptibles de préférer les humains aux chiens. «



Sometimes one has to speak about what they see - whether right, or wrong. This is a "medical" article from a untrained long time Lyme patient. As always, post or delete as appropriate, especially if you feel "redundant". I write to reach the unaware, not the educated in our groups. Thank You, MJ
In these days of instant daily reports of horrific Covid-19 positive test results on the news, social media, and TV (Johns Hopkins daily tracking numbers) you never hear about the daily, monthly, even yearly numbers of the tens of thousands of newly infected LYME, Babesia, Relapsing Fever, Bartonella, and other patients.
WHY IS THAT? We are all around you, we number now in the millions, even the CDC is willing to estimate new yearly infections top 330,000 (please see their pages), yet no new accurate positive case numbers have been available for years (2017).
I have looked. Hither and yon, in and out, on small sites and the big medical publishing pages, state health departments and counties, national agencies and huge non-profit foundations.
There are lots of valid professional estimates (by medical experts - unlike me - I'm just a "guess-timater" without training) but no consistently tracked and categorized statistics available.
And here is why - we still do not have an accurate testing or tracking program of the many (yes, friends... so many more than just Lyme) Tick Transmitted bacterial infections that cause what we call "Chronic Lyme Disease".
This doggone thing started decades ago. (Take your pick of theories - I was infected in 1968)
You would think, with these kinds of numbers, that we could keep track by now.
It only took a few weeks for us to start tracking Covid infections!
WE DON'T HAVE A TESTING PROGRAM THAT LOOKS FOR ALL THE BUGS! DID YOU KNOW? Quest Labs, Davenport Labs and others (most of many labs in the country that perform blood tests for LYME) only test for Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria - NOT Borrelia miyamotoi (Relapsing Fever), Rocky Mt. Fever, or any of the other multiple deadly strains of Borrelia sweeping the country. They probably could, but the standard medical protocol is to only test for one.
WHAT THIS MEANS - When someone who has been bitten by an infected tick (like a child) gets tested for LYME, they ONLY get tested for one bacteria (the notorious LYME one - B. burgdorferi) and NOT any others!
It is not the "normal" protocol to test for the presence of others.
Ah Ha, you say... Now you understand why we can be chronically ill for years (even fatally) and repeatedly test "negative"!
I hope and pray you will understand.
We need to fight for COMPREHENSIVE Testing of multiple Tick Transmitted bacteria. It is the CDC, the NIH, and the whole dang medical system that needs to move to normalizing Comprehensive Screening for multiple pathogens!
I have 4 in my blood. All of them - each one - causes progressive severe disease.
I am not even unusual... 50% of all LYME patients have multiple infectious pathogenic bacteria (as acknowledged on the CDC website).
THINK ABOUT THIS... the wonderful old guy or gal who used to spend a lot of time in the woods, hunting, fishing, logging who now has "alzheimers" or "dementia", or the socker, football, baseball player (even teens or older) who has that "unknown" arthritis or myalgia condition, or debilitating muscle wasting disease, or many others in your family or neighborhood who have "unknown" neurological disabilities - is it possible they might have a unconfirmed parasitic pathogenic bacterial infection from a tick bite they never knew they had?
What if it is not Borrelia burgdorferi (that they test for) but another one they don't test for?
Below is an article that lists the symptoms of some of these Chronic "Lyme" disease conditions.
Full disclosure - I am not endorsing Igenex Labs over any other one - I just like the simple clarity of this article, and they raise the question about other "bugs" and how most don't get tested except for B. burgdorferi.
Thank you so much for reading this important message. I hope there was not too much "Lymespeak", and you understand the gravity facing hundreds of thousands of children in America, and millions across the world.
Michael Judson
Helping KIDS with Tick Transmitted infections world-wide.
* Author's note: It takes specialized testing to identify the many other bacteria causing these severe infections. Many conventional health insurance companies will not pay for these (even for children) and THAT is why we fundraise or promote non-profit foundations on our website, and in our posts, that help KIDS and their families. Thanks for supporting them! *
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease? | IGeneX
What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease? | IGeneX

Le nombre de méningites provoquées par les tiques atteint un niveau record en Suisse


Le nombre de méningites provoquées par les tiques atteint un niveau record

In vitro efficacy of Artemisinin-based treatments against SARS-CoV-2

😊Efficacité in vitro des traitements à base d'artémisinine contre le SRAS-CoV-2.
Des traitements efficaces et abordables pour les patients souffrant de la maladie à coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), causée par le coronavirus 2 du syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (SRAS-CoV-2), sont nécessaires. Nous rapportons l' efficacité in vitro des extraits d' Artemisia annua ainsi que de l'artémisinine, de l'artésunate et de l'artéméther contre le SRAS-CoV-2. Les deux derniers sont des ingrédients pharmaceutiques actifs approuvés des médicaments antipaludiques.
La preuve de concept de l'efficacité prophylactique des extraits a été obtenue en utilisant un test de réduction de plaque dans des cellules VeroE6. Des études de concentration-réponse ultérieures utilisant un test antiviral à haut débit, basé sur l'immunocoloration de la glycoprotéine de pointe du SRAS-CoV-2, ont révélé que le prétraitement et le traitement avec des extraits, de l'artémisinine et de l'artésunate inhibaient l'infection par le SRAS-CoV-2 des cellules VeroE6. Dans les tests de traitement, l'artésunate (concentration efficace à 50% (CE50): 7 μg / mL) était plus puissant que les extraits de plantes testés (128 à 260 μg / mL) ou l'artémisinine (151 μg / mL) et l'artéméther (> 179 μg / mL), alors que généralement la CE50 dans les essais de prétraitement était légèrement plus élevée. L'indice de sélectivité (SI), calculé sur la base du traitement et des tests de viabilité cellulaire, était le plus élevé pour l'artémisinine (54), et à peu près égal pour les extraits (5-10), l'artésunate (6) et l'artéméther (<7). Des résultats similaires ont été obtenus dans des cellules d'hépatome humain Huh7.5. Des concentrations plasmatiques maximales d'artésunate dépassant les valeurs CE50 peuvent être atteintes. Des études cliniques sont nécessaires pour évaluer plus avant l'utilité de ces composés comme traitement COVID-19.

In vitro efficacy of Artemisinin-based treatments against SARS-CoV-2
Effective and affordable treatments for patients suffering from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), are needed. We report in vitro efficacy of Artemisia annua extracts as well as artemisinin, artesunate, and artemether against....


'Bat tick' found in New Jersey for first time, researchers say


First, there was the Batman. Who built the Bat cave. Then came the bat tick?
From my perspective, seeing another new tick showing up in New Jersey (after the Asian longhorned tick [Haemaphysalis longicornis] appeared a few years ago, not to mention the spread of the lone star tick across the Northeastern seaboard) is more evidence of our rapidly changing ecosystem. What pathogens are found in the bat tick?
"A range of vector-borne pathogens have been detected in bat ticks including piroplasms (Babesia vesperuginis, B. crassa, B. canis, Theileria capreoli, and T. orientalis), Borrelia (Borrelia burgdorferi, Bo. CPB1), Rickettsia spp., Ehrlichia spp. and Issykkul virus. Bo. burgdorferi sensu lato, the causative agent of Lyme disease, was detected in A. vespertilionis collected between 1896 and 1994 from England and Wales. B. vesperuginis is hypothesized to be a vector-borne Babesia transmitted by A. vespertilionis that is virulent to some bat species". (Lv J, Fernández de Marco MDM, Goharriz H, et al. Detection of tick-borne bacteria and babesia with zoonotic potential in Argas (Carios) vespertilionis (Latreille, 1802) ticks from British bats. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):1865. Published 2018 Jan 30).
Does this mean humans can be infected with some of these bacteria and Babesia parasites? Possibly. "As A. vespertilionis is the most common bat tick worldwide and is known to bite humans, it could potentially transmit B. venatorum to humans as this is a known zoonotic pathogen. (Wilhelmsson P, et al. Ixodes ricinus ticks removed from humans in Northern Europe: seasonal patterns of infestation, attachment sites and duration of feeding. Parasit Vectors. 2013;6:362. ; Estrada-Pena A, Jongejan F. Ticks feeding on humans: a review of records on human-biting Ixodoidea with special reference to pathogen transmission. Exp Appl Acarol. 1999;23:685–715.
Jiang JF, et al. Epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory characteristics of 48 cases of “Babesia venatorum” infection in China: a descriptive study. Lancet Infect Dis. 2015;15:196–203).
Alternatively, these Argasid ticks are positive for Babesia through contact with infected bats and may not be biological vectors. In either case, there is now a new tick on the block, that can potentially transmit pathogens, some of which may not be easily detectable on standard testing.
What else is there to say, but "Holy Bat tick, Batman!"
'Bat tick' found in New Jersey for first time, researchers say

'Bat tick' found in New Jersey for first time, researchers say

A tick species associated with bats was reported in New Jersey for the first time, researchers say, and humans, pets and livestock could be at risk of infection.

What is Lyme disease? Amy Schumer opens up about her disease


Amy Schumer reveals she may have had Lyme disease 'for years' ... The new mum said she had been diagnosed with the bacterial infection over the summer and is currently taking doxycycline - an antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease.*
Il y a 17 heures - Amy Schumer has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. The actress and comedian, 39, opened up about her diagnosis on Tuesday in an ...

Amy Schumer reveals she has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease


Amy Schumer reveals she has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease | Par DAILY MAIL CELEBRITY
Amy Schumer reveals she has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease