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Special Report: Summertime Infectious Diseases in the United States

July 30, 2015

Lyme Disease and 4 Emerging Tick-Borne Illnesses
The most common vector-borne illness in the United States, Lyme disease can be challenging to diagnose. With exposure and infections proliferating this time of year, do you know how best to recognize and treat Lyme and other emerging tick-borne illnesses?

More News and Guidance on Summertime Diseases

Lyme Disease Cases Rising in Affected Regions
In a 20-year period, the number of high-incidence counties more than tripled in the northeastern states and more than doubled in north-central states.

Alternative Lab Tests May Not Reliably Diagnose Lyme Disease
Lyme disease diagnosed by alternative laboratory methods is indistinguishable by detailed clinical and laboratory evaluation from chronic fatigue syndrome, a case-control study suggests.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Hits Some American Indians Hard
Rocky Mountain spotted fever has severely affected Arizona American Indian communities, with millions of dollars lost because of decreased productivity from long-term disability and premature death.

Doxycycline for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Safe for All Ages
New research shows that doxycycline does not cause tooth enamel defects or discoloration, and should not be withheld from young children with suspected Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Tickborne Relapsing Fever Endemic to Western United States
Tickborne relapsing fever is endemic to mountainous areas of the western United States; prompt identification and remediation of reservoirs are required to prevent outbreaks.

Bourbon Virus Case History Released
After 11 days of worsening symptoms, a previously healthy farmer died after infection with a novel virus.

Widespread Borrelia miyamotoi Tick-borne Fever Found in US
After 11 days of worsening symptoms, a previously healthy farmer died after infection with a novel virus.

Time to Become Familiar With Babesiosis?
The FDA is considering universal blood supply screening for Babesia, raising many questions for practitioners and patients.

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