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What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Infected With Ehrlichia Bacteria

As human beings, we are exposed to numerous bacteria and viruses every day. Usually our immune systems do a pretty good job of protecting us from this onslaught of potential invaders, but it’s not perfect. One of the ways bacteria catch an immune system off guard is when they’re transmitted through tick bites. In these cases, the pathogens are transmitted directly to the bloodstream of the host as the tick feeds. This can potentially be quite damaging, as many different strains of bacteria can be transferred simultaneously, depending on the tick. One of the most prominent of these is Lyme disease, caused by the transference of the Borrelia bacteria. But there are plenty of other, less well-known pathogens waiting in the wings. One of these is called ehrlichia bacteria. But what are the symptoms of ehrlichia bacteria infection? And is there a connection with Lyme?

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New ELISpot Test For Ehrlichia: How It Works

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.

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Lyme Co-Infections: What Is Anaplasmosis/Ehrlichiosis?

Lyme disease operates insidiously in many ways. The actual mechanism of the disease, which essentially forces the immune system to attack the body, is one significant way. The base statistics, which are currently estimated to be 300,000 new cases a year, are yet another; it’s assumed that there are far more incidences of Lyme out there, due to underreporting and continued misdiagnosis. A third primary way that Lyme disease acts insidiously is that it rarely infects a patient alone. Through a single tick bite, the Lyme causative Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria can potentially be transmitted. However, many other strains of bacteria also have the potential to be transmitted. These are called Lyme co-infections, and one of the most common is known as anaplasmosis/ehrlichiosis.

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