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UNF researchers make Lyme disease discovery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Researchers at UNF have discovered 2 new species of bugs that carry Lyme disease.

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NJLymeMom - 7/29/2013 3:32 PM
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Lyme Disease misdiagnoses are not just the norm for Florida, they are the norm EVERYwhere. I am from New Jersey, in the HEART of the endemic, and I too was severely ill for over 5 years of unsuccessfully seeing specialist after specialist when I came to expect it was what I had, ON MY OWN. I found a Lyme Specialist and after a pretty successful bout of long-term oral & IV antibiotics, have relapsed and am currently awaiting approval for Social Security Disability. Once a Varsity-level athlete, honors student, & aspiring model, now I am nothing. If you were at all moved by this story, please see for mine. Thank you!

Dolores - 6/12/2013 3:25 AM
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If you think you have lyme please feel free to call me at 813-235-9542. I do not want anyone else to go through the hell that my family has gone through trying to get treated in the State of Florida. Please watch the documentary UNDER OUR SKIN on HULU.COM or through Netflix and know the signs and symptoms of lyme and other co infections. My daughter has many tick borne pathogens and was misdiagnosed by pediatric infectious disease physicians at USF and All Childrens and University of FL Jacksonville. Being misdiagnosed seems to be the norm for children here in Florida.

Dolores - 6/12/2013 3:16 AM
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People in Florida are showing up with many of the pathogens on these lists. Brucella and Q fever are showing up and one IDSA physician knew that a man had Q fever but it did not show up on testing. For the woman in Miami she was very positive. Labs and the physicians are by law required to turn in positive serology and none do this so the statistics we have for tick borne diseases is bogus and even when turned in and the person has a positive ELISA followed by Western Blot they may still not be counted. The testing for all these pathogens is sketchy at best and there are many variants that we have no tests for at the present time which is why a clinical diagnosis is important and the CDC says that testing is for surveillance purposes only. Infectious disease physicians are ill equipped and lack the knowledge of vector borne diseases and think that lyme disease can be eradicated with 14 days of doxycycline. They do not even know the myriad of other pathogens. One board certified infectious disease physician asked me the other day what neuroborreliosis was. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society is interested in these tick borne diseases and in many cases have family members with lyme and many co infections or have it themselves. IDSA physicians become instant converts once they are bitten. They also realize after following these absurd guidelines with patients that they do not work and then seek more efficacious antibiotics, anti virals and anti parasiticals. Right now, some malevolent infectious disease physicians are trying to get the Florida Board of Medicine to process a complaint that they came up with against a physician who is genuinely trying to help very ill tick borne disease patients. We can not allow this to happen and we need to enact legislation that will allow physicians to treat with the most efficacious medications for the length of time required. Some insurance companies do not want to pay for treatment.

Dolores - 6/12/2013 3:02 AM
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Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2003 Jul-Aug;116(7-8):306-11. [Seroepidemiological studies of zoonotic infections in hunters in southeastern Austria--prevalences, risk factors, and preventive methods]. [Article in German] Deutz A, Fuchs K, Schuller W, Nowotny N, Auer H, Aspöck H, Stünzner D, Kerbl U, Klement C, Köfer J. Source Fachabteilung 8C-Veterinärwesen, Universität Wien. Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalences to zoonotic pathogens in hunters, to propose preventive measures and to obtain more information about the occurrence of zoonotic pathogens in local wild animal populations. From 146 male and 3 female hunters originating from the south-eastern Austrian federal states of Styria and Burgenland blood samples were taken and anamnestic data were obtained using a questionnaire. The serological investigations included the following viral, bacterial and parasitic zoonotic agents or zoonoses, respectively (antibody-seroprevalences in brackets): encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV, 15%), Puumala-Hantavirus (10%), Newcastle Disease virus (NDV, 4%), borreliosis (IgG 42%, IgM 7%), brucellosis (1%), chlamydiosis (3%), ehrlichiosis (IgG 15%, IgM 3%), leptospirosis (10%), tularaemia (3%), Q fever (0%), Echinococcus multilocularis/E. granulosus (5%/11%), toxocariasis (17%). Out of a control group of 50 persons (urban population, no hunters) only one person was found to be seropositive for Toxocara canis and NDV and four for EMCV, all other results were negative in the control group. The high seroprevalences especially to Borrelia burgdorferi s.l., Ehrlichia spp., Leptospira interrogans, E. granulosus, E. multilocularis, encephalomyocarditis virus and Puumala virus demonstrate that hunters are particularly exposed to zoonotic pathogens. It should also be noted that one hunter was seropositive for Brucella abortus and five exhibited antibodies to Francisella tularensis. In these cases, as well as

Dolores - 6/12/2013 3:01 AM
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Lymies...I would get all these tests...Western Blot for Borrelia, also test for Borrelia hermsii, Borrelia recurrentis, and Babesia duncani and microti and Quest can test for duncani, Bartonella henselae and quintana, Brucella, Tularemia, Coxiella burnetti or Q fever, many rickettsias ie Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, EBV, CMV, all Coxsackie viruses, and now Powassan virus and its cousin Deer Tick Virus, HSV 1 and 2, HHV 1-8 if available. Parvovirus B -19, Papillomaviruses, Toxoplasmosis, Chlamydias and Mycoplasmas and get genetic tests for hypercoagulation like Mthfr and Factor V leiden, and test all your IgG subclasses 1-4, and CD 57 and C3a and C4a and CBS mutations and HPU/KPU and mold testing since so many of us have issues with mold. ECP or eisonophil cationic protein seems to suggest to docs that you have babesia. Also transfer growth factor b-1 and Beta Strep. High CD 57 counts may be associated with Beta Strep. Heavy metals have a part in this and we are low in Secosteroid D or vitamin D and some are low in Potassium and others iron. Many are deficient in all amino acids. Our hormones are a mess and the whole HPA Hypothalmic pituitary axis is the problem. We can have probs with our adrenals and thryoid...we do not convert T4 to T3 and in my case I have high reverse T3 or rT3. We are quite low in testosterone as well. Check out every hormone in your body, amino acids and vitamins and minerals. There are over 100 viruses we can get from a tick and also many parasites. The labs that insurance covers can't find a parasite when we can see it under the microscope. Quest at Nichols Institute in Valencia California can culture samples and might even be able to distinguish Brucella suis from melitensis or arbortus. We also need an MRI of our brain with and without contrast. Many lymies are showing up with pituitary adenomas and pheomchromocytomas. Make sure that you do not have these. I have spent years trying

Dolores - 6/12/2013 2:59 AM
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Disease precautions for hunters PDF file View PDF version This paper is intended to be a general guide about diseases that hunters and their hunting dogs may encounter. Links to additional information have been provided where appropriate. Hunters should always consult their physician if they are concerned they have been exposed to a disease or are showing symptoms of illness. If there are any concerns that your hunting dog or any other companion animal may have contracted any of these diseases, please contact your veterinarian. Introduction Protecting Hunters from Risk: Some Common Sense Guidelines Diseases •Anaplasmosis •Avian Influenza •Babesiosis •Brucellosis •Campylobacteriosis (Campylobacter jejuni) •Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) •Cryptosporidiosis •Deer Parapoxvirus •Hydatid Tapeworms (Echinococcosis) •Ehrlichiosis •Equine Encephalitis Viruses •Escherichia coli Infection (E. coli) •Giardiasis •Hantavirus •Leptospirosis •Lyme Disease (Lyme borreliosis) •Plague •Q fever •Rabies •Raccoon Roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) •Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (tick-borne typhus fever) and other spotted fevers •Salmonellosis (Salmonella species) •Sarcoptic mange •Toxoplasmosis •Trichinellosis (trichinosis) •Tuberculosis •Tularemia •West Nile Virus •Specific Risks Associated with International Hunting •Chikungunya •Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever •Rift Valley Fever virus This is only a partial list of pathogens in people that have "Lyme" disease. Unfortunately, the physicians here in Florida will tell you that there is no lyme disease in Florida even though the FL Board of Health website says we are endemic for lyme disease and other co infections. You are hard pressed to even find a physician in Florida that will test or treat you for tick borne pathogens and the worthless guidelines of the IDSA are cited for treating.
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