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Another Tick-Borne Illness Documented in Northeast – WebMD

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Another Tick-Borne Illness Documented in Northeast

Recurring fever is hallmark for this little-known infection, study says

WebMD News from HealthDay

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The same ticks that spread Lyme disease may also carry a rarer bacteria that's causing serious illness in the northeastern United States.

Like Lyme disease, Borrelia miyamotoi disease causes flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, chills and muscle pain. But at its most severe, it can lead to a serious brain infection -- meningoencephalitis, researchers say.

And nearly one-quarter of patients treated for the disease require hospitalization, a new study suggests.

"This is an emerging infection and a lot of people and doctors have not heard about it," said lead researcher Dr. Philip Molloy, medical director of Imugen Inc., a Norwood, Mass.-based company that develops blood tests for tick-borne diseases. Imugen funded the new study.

Fortunately, B. miyamotoi disease (BMD) can be treated with the same antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease, experts said.

How many people actually have BMD is not known. Since most doctors aren't looking for it, patients with symptoms may be tested for Lyme disease, but these tests are negative, Molloy said.

Also, it's probable that people get BMD but never see a doctor. "Undoubtedly, there are milder cases out there," he said.

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