With Lyme disease visibility on the rise, there is much higher awareness of the real dangers this disease presents than there was ten years ago. Reported Lyme cases are going up every year, although this could potentially be attributed to the disease becoming more widely known. Lyme disease is quite easy to prevent, as we know exactly where it comes from and how to stop it; the causative bacteria (Borrelia) is transmitted to humans via tick bite, and in the early stages, the disease is easily treatable via antibiotics. If the acute Lyme window is missed, however, the chronic stage will inevitably develop some time after. Chronic Lyme is much more complicated to diagnose and treat, not least because the symptoms present differently for every patient.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Ehrlichia: How It Works”
What is Yersinia?
Yersinia is a genus of bacteria associated with a number of medical conditions. Several species of Yersinia can infect humans and bring about a variety of symptoms.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Yersinia: How It Works”
Bartonellosis doesn’t refer to one specific disorder, but rather a collection of diseases caused by the various members of the Bartonella strain of bacteria. These bacteria are primarily transmitted to humans and animals by vectors, which include ticks, lice, fleas, and flies. People can also catch the disease through previously infected domesticated or wild animals. The most common form a Bartonella infection takes is known as cat scratch fever, a name obviously derived from the method of contraction. But there is also a link between bartonellosis and Lyme disease, as the former is a prominent co-infection of the latter. So what exactly are the symptoms of bartonellosis, and how is the infection tested and treated for? And is there a surefire way to identify the disease?Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Bartonellosis: How It Works”
What is Bartonella Bacteria?
There are several different species of Bartonella bacteria, which are small intracellular parasites that cause the illness bartonellosis. They infect red blood cells, macrophages (a type of white blood cell), and endothelial cells.Continue reading “What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Infected with Bartonella Bacteria”
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in North America. It’s transmitted via the bites of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Approximately 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year in the United States. Most infections take place around the Northeast and upper Midwest.Continue reading “5 Ways Lyme Disease Can Affect the Respiratory System”