New Borrelia illness identified in humans

01/18/2013 | Reuters

A new tick-borne disease, still unnamed, has been discovered in 18 human cases in New York and New England, according to researchers from institutions including Yale University and New York Medical College. The pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi, was first identified in ticks in Japan in 1995. Symptoms include headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and recurring bouts of fever, the latter a feature distinct from Lyme disease. Doxycycline and amoxicillin given after the first episode of fever apparently are effective.

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