Scientists Claim They Found New Illness Similar to Disease spread by Ticks

Scientists Claim They Found New Illness Similar to Disease spread by Ticks

Scientists said ticks in United Kingdom have been found to be the major cause of a new illness. The new illness is very much similar to Lyme disease. Health officials fear that it could be resistant to current Lyme disease antibiotics.

Ticks are considered the main cause of the disease and carry bacteria, Borrelia miyamatoi, which was discovered by researchers at the Public Health laboratory in Porton Down, Wiltshire.

Stella Huyshe-Shires, of Lyme Disease Action told the Sunday Telegraph, “We know this new disease, caused by the recently identified bacteria Borrelia miyamatoi, is in the UK. To date, it has only been found in a handful of ticks, but it will sound alarm bells”.

This antibiotic-resistant disease causes headaches, fatigue and muscle disease. It causes similar symptoms to Lyme disease and may increase confusion and complexity of diagnosing, said researchers.

Stella said the major issue with this bacterium is that it causes a relapsing fever; therefore it can be misdiagnosed as flu or other viral infections, and early treatment with antibiotics not given.

If patients with such symptoms are left untreated, then it may even worsen their condition and can lead to more serious consequences.

The number of cases of Lyme disease found in Britain has grown four times in the past 12 years. More than 1,100 people have caught the disease in 2013.

This disease was first discovered in Japan in 1995 but it was only linked to problems in humans by the Yale School of Public Health in 2011.


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