While Lyme might be the most prominent vector-borne disease, it’s certainly not the only dangerous one. Lyme is spread exclusively by certain species of ticks, but “vector-borne” refers not only to ticks but also lice, mites, and fleas. There are numerous disorders that can be transmitted through contact with any of these creatures. One of the major problems in diagnosing these disorders is that they all present with similar symptoms in the early stages.Continue reading “How Do You Test For Typhus?”
Our collective knowledge surrounding Lyme disease is something like an inverse funnel. We know a lot about how it is spread and contracted, but as the disease progresses, our understanding of it dissipates. One of the continuing problems we encounter is diagnosis. These are muddy waters, as Lyme exists in two very distinct forms: acute, which is legitimately recognized and lasts a number of weeks; and chronic, a far more malleable disorder that often mimics the symptoms of other diseases. Chronic Lyme is generally not acknowledged as a legitimate disorder, leaving patients and doctors undereducated about its symptoms and presentation. Diagnosis, therefore, is a major problem. This leads people who understand Lyme disease to wonder if it’s possible to test themselves for the disorder.Continue reading “Can I Test Myself For Lyme Disease?”
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”
You may not have heard of babesiosis; it’s a rare condition that is spread specifically through ticks. However, despite the strangely endearing-sounding name, the disease can potentially be life-threatening and should be taken extremely seriously. It produces symptoms quite similar to malaria, and is caused by microscopic parasites which invade red blood cells. Animals have been found to carry many different strains of babesiosis, with only a few of those strains being detected in humans. Babesiosis is also notorious as a prominent Lyme co-infection. Both diseases can be transmitted simultaneously through a single tick bite. Because Lyme disease is often the main cause for concern, a test for babesiosis can often be overlooked. However, it’s important to eradicate Lyme and its co-infections concurrently, making the testing and diagnostic stage crucial.Continue reading “New ELISpot Test For Babesiosis: How It Works”