Health & Fit Ticks now spreading a rare disease even scarier than Lyme

23:11  12 october  2017
23:11  12 october  2017 Source:   TODAY

Connecticut man dies of tick-borne illness

  Connecticut man dies of tick-borne illness Avid gardener Michael Yoder was suffering from symptoms similar to a stomach bug for several weeks before his illness turned severe,<br>A man described as an avid gardener by his grieving relatives died earlier this month, after contracting a rare tick-borne illness at his Connecticut home. Michael Yoder, 55, was suffering from symptoms similar to a stomach bug for several weeks before his illness turned severe, the Danbury News Times reported.

The worst tick season ever is here, and experts warn that there’s a disease deadlier than Lyme lurking in the woods. WIRED: Lyme Isn't the Only Disease Ticks Are Spreading This Summer -- "It started with Doctors think Liam picked up the rare neurological disease from a tick his father brought back

There are over a dozen tick -borne diseases in the US, spread by nine different species of ticks , some even more dangerous than Lyme . • Lyme and other tick -borne diseases have now been reported in almost every state.

Deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, on a fingertip © Getty Images stock Deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, on a fingertip The anaplasmosis bacteria are carried by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease.

At first Jeffrey Diamond assumed that his chills, headache and shortness of breath were signs of another bout of bronchitis. But soon his headache and fever worsened and Diamond, 67, started to feel disoriented and foggy.

"I had the worst headache I'd ever had and I was feeling really wiped out," the Richmond, Massachusetts author remembered. "It all came on so quickly and I felt so terrible, I decided waiting another 24 hours might not be smart."

Diamond's wife took him to the emergency room where a battery of tests all came up negative. Doctors sent him back home where his symptoms worsened even further.

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Scientists think that the same tick that spreads Lyme disease —which has Public health officials do not have a response to this disease other than to recommend hikers wear long Our host came through okay. This would be one of the rare exceptions to my general rule of avoiding vaccination.

Although contracting the disease is quite rare , because of the possible fatality, doctors are urging people to do Please SHARE this video to help spread the word. MORE: How afraid should we be of ticks and Lyme disease ? Could You Have Lyme Disease Symptoms & Not Even Know It?

The next day, fearful that she might lose her husband, Diamond's wife took him to their primary care physician who guessed he might be suffering from a relatively rare tick-borne disease, anaplasmosis. She immediately started him on the antibiotic doxycycline which probably saved his life.

Jeffrey Diamond © Courtesy of Jeffrey Diamond. Jeffrey Diamond With the wet and warm weather that has persisted into this fall, anaplasmosis cases are on the rise, said Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The anaplasmosis bacteria are carried by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease, Morse explained, "So when you see an increase in Lyme disease, you'll see an increase in the other tick-borne diseases, like anaplasmosis."

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Deaths are very rare ; what's not rare is for patients to get much more acutely, severely ill than is typical for Lyme disease . "Those little ticks ," Vitelli says with the voice of bitter experience. "They can really wreak havoc with the body." It's peak season for Lyme disease right now

The increase in cases isn't just due to the hot, wet summer, according to Dr. Paige Armstrong, a medical epidemiologist at the Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, Georgia. Anaplasmosis cases have been on the rise for the past several years. In 2014 the CDC received reports of 2,008 cases and in 2015, the number had risen to 3,656. "That's a 31 percent increase," Armstrong said.

And that's probably an underestimate of how many there actually were, Armstrong said. Even so, anaplasmosis cases are a fraction of what you see with Lyme. Compared to the 3,656 anaplasmosis cases in 2015, there were 28,453 reports of Lyme disease.

The scary thing about anaplasmosis is that it can result in death in about 1 percent of cases, according to the CDC. Most at risk for severe outcomes are people over 60 and those who don't get treatment quickly, Armstrong explained. Still, it's not as deadly as certain other tick-borne diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, she says.

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Lyme Isn't the Only Disease Ticks Are Spreading This Summer. Doctors think Liam picked up the rare neurological disease from a tick his father brought back after a deer hunting trip. So even though it’s not in many ticks , if the right one gets you, there’s not much you can do.

And on top of Lyme disease , there's now a new disease being spread by ticks that could be deadly. Goldman said the disease is rare , and only 10-20 percent of people who contract the virus have symptoms, which can cause serious problems.

Unfortunately there's no hallmark symptom like Lyme's bull's-eye rash. But people who live in areas where the black-legged tick is endemic and who spend time outdoors should be alert to symptoms, which according to the CDC can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Malaise
  • Chills
  • Nausea/abdominal pain
  • Cough
  • Confusion

Very rarely people with anaplasmosis develop a rash, Armstrong said.

You should be suspicious if you develop a flu-like illness after being in a tick-infested area, Morse said.

The only way to protect yourself against the disease is to avoid being bitten by a tick. When you're in tick-infested areas, "You take the same precautions you take for Lyme," Morse said. "Try to make yourself as unappealing and inhospitable to ticks as possible. Wear long sleeves and long pants with the cuffs tucked into your socks so nothing can crawl up your leg. Use a repellent with DEET."

Armstrong suggests taking a shower once you come back inside and then having someone inspect all the nooks and crannies of your body where ticks like to hide, like your scalp, ears, groin and behind the knees.

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As if the spread of Lyme disease isn't troubling enough, another illness spread by deer ticks is emerging, experts say. Powassan virus, which is a far rarer and more deadly pathogen than the bacterium that produces Lyme , is also transmitted by the deer tick .

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You also need to be aware that your pets, if they spend time outside, could be bringing ticks into the house, Armstrong said. "Make sure they're brought to the vet and you're using appropriate repellents," she added.

The standard therapy for anaplasmosis is doxycycline, which is generally started if there is a suspicion that you've been infected with the bacteria. Since severe symptoms are more likely to occur if the disease isn't treated right away, doctors generally don't wait for test results to come back before prescribing the antibiotic, Armstrong said.

By the time Diamond started on his course of antibiotics, his health had drastically declined. His kidneys were starting to fail and this time, with a referral from his doctor, he got admitted to the hospital.

Diamond still suffers symptoms months after being diagnosed and treated for the disease. "I still have issues with my joints and hands and shoulders," he says. "And I'm still extremely tired. I sleep almost every afternoon."

Hoping to warn others, he described his ordeal in two columns published in the Massachusetts local paper The Berkshire Eagle: "My tick bite nightmare," Part 1 and Part 2.

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