Sunday, July 7, 2013

New Tick-Borne Illness May Be Misdiagnosed

Case reports look at 2 older patients with Borrelia miyamotoi infection
By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians say a new kind of tick-borne infection that's similar to Lyme disease can mislead doctors into thinking it's a different condition.

Borrelia miyamotoi can cause flu-like symptoms that are similar to Lyme disease, researchers found.
"In the few case reports available for patients in the U.S., symptoms of B. miyamotoi infection have included fever, fatigue, body aches, joint pain and headache," said Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of clinical parasitology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Pritt was not involved in the research.
Researchers also think infection may cause dementia in the elderly, especially those who have conditions that weaken the immune system.
Lab tests also show low blood platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes, Pritt said...
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