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China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread
Date:11/18/2008

s of HGA. Moreover, as China advances into the future, it must also now become prepared to deal with the increasing threat that tick-borne rickettsial pathogens (parasitic bacteria that live in ticks and mites and can cause disease in humans) have already been brought to the United States and Europe."

The study was published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"This report certainly serves to reinforce the importance of adopting standard blood and body fluid precautions for all patients and especially for those with HGA; these precautions are the accepted standard of care in the United States," Dr. Peter J. Krause, of the Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Gary P. Wormser, of the New York Medical College, wrote in an accompanying editorial. "The report also should stimulate further investigation of the existence of A. phagocytophilium in the region of China where this outbreak originated."

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The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about tick-borne diseases.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Nov. 18, 2008


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