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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus. As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn’t have a treatment or a cure. “The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained.
Lone Star ticks carry a sugar called alpha-gal, which is also found in red meat, but not in people. Normally, alpha-gal in meat poses no problems for people. But when a Lone Star tick bites a person, it transfers alpha-gal into the bloodstream. As a result, the person's body produces antibodies to fight the sugar. The next time that person eats red meat, their immune system responds to the alpha-gal in the meat and they suffer an allergic reaction that can include itching, burning, hives and even throat swelling, CBS News reported.
But when a Lone Star tick bites a person, it transfers alpha-gal into the bloodstream. As a result, the person's body produces antibodies to fight the sugar.
All these diseases originate in the area of the Plum Island facility that happened to be an insect vector bio facility.
Although plasmids and other extrachromosoma. elements (ECEs) are recognized as key players i. horizontal gene transfer, their diversity an. dynamics among ecologically structured host populations in the wild remains poorly understood. Here w. characterized 187 ECEs from 660 Vibrio isolates previously categorized into 25 ecologically and genetically cohesive populations from a coasta. environment (Plum Island Sound, Ipswich, MA). ECEs are unevenly distributed among host populations and occur at higher frequency in free-living cells, suggesting influence of host lifestyle on EC carriage.
Many of the plasmid families contain low sequence diversity but are widespread among hos. populations, indicating high eco-evolutionary turnover. This includes non-transmissible ECE. suggesting that these are misnamed and transferred by currently unknown mechanisms. Finally, analysis of recent gene transfer among ECEs suggests that plasmids are highl. recombinogenic and represent an extensive network of gene transfer that has implications for horizonta. gene transfer among distantly related host.
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: intrptr
and how about the fact that the milk, meat, eggs and other dairy we eat come from animals that are given antibiotics, creating more drug-resistant strains of viruses and bacteria.. it's going to get a lot worse