Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Lyme Disease and 4 Emerging Tick-Borne Illnesses -- a presentation



Lyme Disease and 4 Emerging Tick-Borne Illnesses

Herbert S. Diamond, MD  |  July 21, 2015


23 slides


Ticks can carry and transmit a wide array of pathogens that can cause diseases in humans, including bacteria, spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes, and toxins.[1] Tick-borne diseases can be found throughout the world[2] and, in recent years, several new ones have emerged (eg, Powassan disease,[3] Borrelia miyamotoi infection,[4] Heartland virus disease,[5]Bourbon virus disease,[6,7] 364D rickettsiosis[8]).

In the United States, tick-borne diseases include the following[8]:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Borrelia miyamotoi infection*
  • Bourbon virus disease*
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Erlichiosis
  • Heartland virus (HRTV) disease*
  • Lyme disease (LD)*
  • Powassan (POW) disease*
  • Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)
  • Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI)
  • Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF)
  • Tularemia
  • 364D rickettsiosis

* Discussed in this slideshow.

Images courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Steven Glenn, Laboratory & Consultation Division (top left); CDC (bottom left); Dreamstime/Svetlana67 (tick on leaf); and Sam Shlomo Spaeth (sidebar).

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