International 10/06/13 poughkeepsiejournal.com: by Roberto LoBianco – Four deaths have been reported in medical journals from a heart condition associated with Lyme disease called Lyme carditis. The condition is being investigated in the death of a 17-year-old Poughkeepsie High School honor student who died Aug. 5; evidence of Lyme disease was found in his blood, organs and heart. The cases, drawn from references provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
• A 37-year old man who died in 2008 the day after visiting a doctor. The man reported a month-long series of fevers, rash and other symptoms.
• A patient who died from cardiac arrest caused by Lyme myocarditis or heart inflammation. The patient, described in a 1993 report in the Journal of Neurology, was among patients with Lyme myositis, or muscle inflammation, between the ages of 37 and 70.
• A 31 year-old male farm worker in Great Britain — the only geographical reference in the four articles — who tested positive for Lyme disease on his first screening. An autopsy found the man suffered from an enlarged heart and an irregular heart beat; he had no telltale Lyme disease rash before becoming ill, according to a 1990 article in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.
• A 66-year old man who died of “cardiac involvement of Lyme disease.” According to a 1985 report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, he died 18 hours after being taken to the hospital with chills, muscle pain and other symptoms. – For details and complete article see http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20131006/NEWS01/310060047/Medical-researchers-report-four-deaths-due-Lyme-carditis
International 10/06/13 philly.com: by Ilene Raymond Rush – For Kathy Spreen, Lyme disease is a family affair. The trouble for her West Chester family started with her husband, who complained of fatigue and shoulder pain. Diagnosed with Lyme, he was treated with antibiotics and cured. About a year later, suffering with fatigue and joint pain, Spreen was treated twice for Lyme, which led to arthroscopic surgery and an eventual knee replacement. But when her 20-year old son Chris was rushed to the emergency room with a fever near 106 degrees and lapsing in and out of consciousness, she felt helpless. Despite her credentials as a physician, a tick taken from her son’s flank, and a telltale rash, she and her husband could not get the medical staff to acknowledge that he might have Lyme. A doctor eventually administered a Lyme test that came back positive and Chris was treated with the antibiotic doxycycline, but his disease flared repeatedly over the next few years, inducing crippling fatigue and interfering with his aeronautical engineering studies at Purdue University.
Spreen’s response to this sequence of events is the Compendium of Tick-Borne Disease: A Thousand Pearls, an 856-page textbook that addresses the diagnosis, treatment and care of Lyme disease. Intended for practitioners, caregivers, and patients, this self-published tome, which sells for $120 on Amazon – with discounts available through Lyme advocacy groups – proposes a new paradigm of open-mindedness about tick-borne illnesses. Julia Wagner, president of PA Lyme Resource Network, says the book “will change education, and help physicians quickly get their arms around a huge body of research.” “It’s the book that I wished I had when my son got sick,” says Spreen, 59, who has master’s degrees in biochemistry and public health and board certifications in preventive and family medicine. Until her retirement in 2006, she had worked for 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, including Wyeth, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson in research and development. She hopes her book will “lay out some options for better care.” – For complete article see http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20131006_Textbook_from_West_Chester_writer_focuses_on_Lyme_disease.html
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) & West Nile Virus (WNV):
California 10/08/13 San Bernardino County: Officials confirmed today that an Upland resident is the first person to die of WNV in the county this year. – See http://www.sbsun.com/health/20131008/upland-man-san-bernardino-countys-first-fatal-west-nile-virus-victim
Florida 10/07/13 Jackson County: Officials have confirmed that a horse stabled in the vicinity of Bethlehem Road south of Cottondale has tested positive for WNV. – See http://www.wtvy.com/news/headlines/Horse-with-West-Nile-Virus-Confirmed-in-Jackson-County-226811351.html
Illinois 10/05/13 Kankakee County: Officials have confirmed the first human case of WNV in the county was diagnosed in a male resident of Manteno in his 50s. – See http://daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=512984
Indiana 10/04/13 Marion County: Officials have confirmed the county’s first human case of WNV this year. Statewide, 11 people have been diagnosed with the virus. – See http://www.indystar.com/article/20131004/LIFE02/310050023/Marion-County-sees-season-s-first-case-West-Nile-virus?nclick_check=1
New Hampshire 10/08/13 NH Dept of Health: Officials confirmed today that a horse stabled in Deerfield has tested positive for EEE. – See http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/10-oct/10082013EEE.htm
Texas 10/05/13 Floyd County: State officials have confirmed a total of two human cases of WNV in the county, including one fatality. – See http://www.everythinglubbock.com/story/west-nile-death-in-floyd-county/d/story/251w1Vq-ak2wJaRUSGb4LA