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New tick disease found in Gothenburg
Published: Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 15:00
News P4 Göteborg
Google Translation Swedish to English
Researchers at the microbiologist in Gothenburg is the first in the world to find a new tick-borne disease. It is transmitted by ticks from voles and wood mice to humans and can provide patients with immunodeficiency, blood clots in the lungs and bones.
Christine Wennerås: "What is scary is that it can cause blood clots."
Scientists have no idea how common it is because it has not been known before.
We were the first who discovered this disease in a patient in 2009 and called it neosjukdomen for candidatus neoehrlichia mikurensis, no one will remember, says Over Medical Enoch professor of microbiology Christine Wennerås.
We used a method recently received the Nobel Prize where you are looking for small snippets of DNA from the bacterium patienens blood. Through a vast database of DNA sequences they were able to arrive at what bacteria was involved. It was only when he could get the right antibiotics and when he was healthy right away.
So antibiotics bite neosjukdomen?
Yes. luckily. What is scary is that it can cause blood clots and can be life threatening. All three patients came of course from the Gothenburg area and had underlying chronic diseases such as leukemia and rheumatoid arthritis and impaired defense.
How this disease affects healthy people, we know not. There is much less severe symptoms, but we know not, says Professor Wennerås.
Many do not they have been bitten by a tick. It gives no ring similar to Lyme disease often gives. Then you should ask her doctor to take such a blood sample and send it to us at the microbiologist here in Gothenburg.
In Swedish from News P4 Göteborg -- New Tick Disease Found in Gothenburg
It gives no ring similar to Lyme disease often gives. Then you should ask her doctor to take such a blood sample and send it to us at the microbiologist here in Gothenburg.