Researchers have found a new species, but it is no cause for celebration. The new, still unnamed species, is a germ transmitted by tick bites. In humans, it causes fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. It appears very similar to the tick-borne disease called ehrlichiosis, but DNA testing shows that the pathogen is a related but different species. The disease is showing up in both ticks and humans in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Fortunately, it responds to doxycycline, the same antibiotic that is used to treat ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
[New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 4, 2011]

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  1. purpledove49
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    I had a tiny tiny tick in me good by my collar bone. My daughter had to pull it out. we did not know it was a tick til she pulled it out. I have had ticks on me before, (we live in woods) This is the FIRST TIME tho that the spot were it bit me HURTS!!!!! and stings and it is brown with red around it. I am scare, should I be worried? no fever no aches.
    thanks Linda

  2. Barb
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    What kind of tick is the vector? Any info on that? I live in a maritime forest with a full array of all kinds of ticks – cat, dog, deer, etc. Thanks.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IT IS A BLACK-LEGGED TICK, Ixodes scapularis.

  3. Noah T.
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    Here in Southern Appalachia I have been attached by many ticks. I have been lucky thus far. Keep me posted as to this concern. I am concerned.

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