A Stanford study has found that ticks infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and a newly identified human pathogen are widespread in the San Francisco Bay Area.
See story by Rob Jordan, Stanford Report, Stanford News Service, Stanford, California
"A newly recognized human pathogen with unknown health consequences has been found to occur over a large part of the San Francisco Bay Area. A <Web Link to be published in the March issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Disease details how researchers, including Dan Salkeld, a research associate at the <Web Link Woods Institute for the Environment, found the bacterium Borrelia miyamotoi, as well as B. burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, in ticks they sampled throughout the area.
The researchers were surprised to find ticks infected with one or both bacteria in nearly every park they examined. The findings raise the question of whether B. miyamotoi has gone undetected in California residents."
"B. miyamotoi has been known for some time to infect ticks; the first known human case of B. miyamotoi infection in the U.S. was discovered in 2013. Beyond Lyme-like symptoms such as fever and headache, little is known about its potential health impacts."
""People who have difficulty getting diagnoses - maybe this is involved," Salkeld said."
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