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Local Governments Launch Tick-Borne Illness Awareness Campaigns

As pleasant summer weather entices people to spend more time outdoors, ticks are also out in full force, looking to attach to a host. In New York City, the Department of Health launched a campaign on June 9 to increase public awareness of ticks and the many diseases they carry. A children’s workbook with a dog named "Tick Check Harry" teaches children how to identify and remove ticks from themselves. It is available on the NY website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/ticks.page In Pike County, Pennsylvania, the Tick-Borne Illness Task Force is working…

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Painless Knee Effusion as Early Sign of Lyme Disease

Early symptoms of Lyme disease are not always obvious, including the notorious erythema migrans ("bullseye") rash, which is seen in only a subset of patients. Thus, knowing additional signs of the disease is important. A November 2015 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests knee effusions, or “water on the knee,” might be an indicator of the disease even in the absence of the rash and a known tick bite. Musculoskeletal complaints are frequently associated with Lyme disease…

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Coppe Laboratories’ Lyme Testing Includes European Strains of Borrelia

Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii are the primary bacteria that cause Lyme Disease in the United States. Two other strains, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii, are the primary causes of Lyme disease in Europe and Asia. In a recent “Hot Topic” from the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Elli Theel, a recommendation of using European immunoblots was recommended for individuals traveling outside the United States.  Wisconsin-based Coppe Laboratories is the only commercial reference laboratory in the U.S. that currently uses European immunoblots to detect…

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Direct and Indirect Powassan Virus Testing

Coppe Laboratories Powassan Virus testing includes both a direct and indirect test.  A simple blood sample is all that is required.  The direct test (PCR) will detect acute infection and the indirect test (IFA) provides evidence of viral exposure. The picture at the left represents a positive POWV. Powassan virus is carried by the same tick that causes Lyme disease.  Unlike Lyme Borrelia, however, the virus is transmitted within 15 minutes of tick attachment making it unique among tick-borne pathogens in…

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