Navigation Links
New tick-borne disease discovered in Gothenburg
Date:12/6/2011

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a brand new tick-borne infection. Since the discovery, eight cases have been described around the world, three of them in the Gothenburg area, Sweden.

In July 2009 a 77-year-old man from western Sweden was out kayaking when he went down with acute diarrhea, fever and temporary loss of consciousness. He was taken to hospital where it was found that he was also suffering with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Following treatment with antibiotics, he was discharged some days later with an anticoagulant to thin his blood. However, the man who had an impaired immune system went down with a fever again.

Brand new infection

Over the following months the 77-year-old was admitted as an emergency case on several occasions, but despite repeated attempts to find a microbe, and repeated doses of antibiotics, the fever returned. Finally the patient's blood underwent special analysis to look for bacterial DNA and that produced results. The findings matched a bacterium in an online gene bank and the results were a sensation: the man had contracted a brand new infection in humans which had never been described in the world before.

Never before seen in Sweden

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a brand new tick-borne infection. Since the discovery, eight cases have been described around the world, three of them in the Gothenburg area, Sweden.

The man's blood contained DNA that derived with 100% certainty from the bacterium Neoehrlichia mikurensis. This bacterium was identified for the first time in Japan in 2004 in rats and ticks but had never before been seen in Sweden in ticks, rodents or humans.

Research published

Christine Wenners, a doctor and researcher at the Department of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Haematology and Coagulation at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy, has been studying the case since it first came to light. Last year she was able, for the first time, to describe the newly discovered disease in a scientific article published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. "Since our discovery the bacterium has been reported in eight cases around the world, three of them in Gothenburg," says Wenners.

Causes DVT

All three of the Gothenburg cases involved patients with an impaired immune system, all of whom became ill during the summer months when ticks are most active.

"The nasty thing about this infection is that it causes DVT, at least in people with an impaired immune system," says Wenners. "This can be life-threatening. Fortunately, the infection can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

Spreads from mammals

"If the newly discovered bacterium is similar to those we already know, it has presumably spread from wild mammals to people via ticks, and it is unlikely that it can be passed on from person to person."

The mikurensis in the bacterium's name comes from the Japanese island of Mikura, where it was first discovered.


'/>"/>
Contact: Christine Wenners
christine.wenneras@microbio.gu.se
46-070-865-6167
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Emerging tick-borne disease
2. Tick-borne encephalitis virus reveals its access code
3. Senses of sophistication: Mosquitoes detect subtle cues finding food, spreading diseases
4. Singapore and China scientists perform first Asian genome-wide association study on spine disease
5. Medical researchers in Canada and the US discover hidden side of prion diseases
6. Eating fish reduces risk of Alzheimers disease
7. New thinking required on wildlife disease
8. Manipulating serotonin can promote healthy repair in chronic liver disease
9. Dantrolene protects neurons from Huntingtons disease
10. Hope for muscle wasting disease
11. Rainfall suspected culprit in leaf disease transmission
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New tick-borne disease discovered in Gothenburg
(Date:11/21/2016)... , Nov. 21, 2016   Neurotechnology ... object recognition technologies, today announced that the MegaMatcher ... cards was submitted for the NIST Minutiae ... passed all the mandatory steps of the evaluation ... is a continuing test of fingerprint templates used ...
(Date:11/16/2016)... Sensory Inc ., a Silicon ... consumer electronics, and VeriTran , a technology ... today announced a global partnership that will provide ... users of mobile banking and mobile payments solutions.  ... which requires no specialized biometric scanners, yet provides ...
(Date:11/14/2016)... 14, 2016  Based on its recent ... & Sullivan recognizes FST Biometrics with the ... Visionary Innovation Leadership. FST Biometrics emerged as ... market by pioneering In Motion Identification (IMID) ... seamless, and non-invasive verification. This patented solution ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/4/2016)... and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ... , Dec. 4, 2016 SystemOne, a ... diagnostics software platforms for the developing world, and ... Care.™" a reality with its portable and ultrasensitive ... into a development and license agreement to integrate ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec. 2, 2016 Amgen (NASDAQ: ... today announced the submission of a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) ... biosimilar candidate to Avastin ® (bevacizumab). The companies believe ... the EMA. "The submission of ABP 215 ... to expand our oncology portfolio," said Sean E. Harper ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 01, 2016 , ... ... findings demonstrating the value of DNA microarray comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) ... Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Using molecular test results from tumors with previously ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... OF PRUSSIA, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2016 , ... ... research is through industry-wide collaboration, standardization and a beautiful technology experience. All three tenets ... convened more than 100 clinical trial leaders from over 40 sponsor, CRO and site ...
Breaking Biology Technology: