Powassan virus was first isolated in 1958 and has been responsible for approximately 100 cases of neuroinvasive disease. Rates of infection have been on the rise over the past decade with numerous states reporting their first confirmed case.
In a follow-up to reports of the confirmation of Longhorned ticks recently in New Jersey and Virginia, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) has confirmed the longhorned tick’s presence in West Virginia.
In Vermont since 2010, the number of cases reported annually has increased, roughly doubling year after year–three cases in 2010, 2011 (10 cases), 2012 (17), 2013 (37), 2014 (67), 2015 (139) and 201 cases in 2016.
Affected properties in the area are now undergoing a NSW Department of Primary Industries supervised cattle tick eradication program.
Vectorborne diseases are a large and growing public health problem in the US, characterized by geographic specificity and frequent pathogen emergence and introduction.
Rapid rise in number of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome infections concerns researchers.
A new blood test, the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip), offers a single test to identify and distinguish between Borrelia burgdorferi and seven other tick-borne pathogens.
The Laboratory of Medical Zoology's TickReport service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has partnered with L2 Diagnostics, a biotech company that has developed a human test for Borrelia miyamotoi.
Japanese spotted fever has been found in 118 people s0 far this year, 51 people have contracted severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS).