More bad news about ticks. Be careful when you are traveling or even just outdoors locally.
"When a tick bores into your skin, anchoring itself for what can be a leisurely meal while often spreading germs, it isn't just Lyme disease that you have to worry about.
Various kinds of ticks have been shown to carry at least 16 different diseases in the U.S alone that can infect humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection. Now add one more to the global list of ills that a tick bite can bring about, according to a study in the May 30 New England Journal of Medicine."
Researchers called the new one Alongshan virus, or ALSV, after the patient's home town. And luckily the 86 patients treated all recovered completely.
Luckily most patients can recover from the problems caused by ticks. But some of the problems can result in long lasting joint pain, fatigue, and problems moving muscles.
'"The overarching theme is the more we look at ticks, the more we find," says Wendy Adams, research grant director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation, who was not involved in the study. "We find parasites, viruses, bacteria. We just found worms in ticks in New York." It means that when humans are bitten by ticks, there are many different diseases and infections they can contract — even a disease carried by a parasite within a tick.'