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New tick-borne disease discovered in Sweden

TT/The Local/dl · 25 Oct 2011, 07:31

Published: 25 Oct 2011 07:31 GMT+02:00

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A total of eight cases of the disease have been reported so far, with patients in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic also having been infected.

All of those affected by the disease suffer from a weakened immune system, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reported.

The illness, which researchers call “neo disease” after the bacteria which causes it, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, also brings about flu-like symptoms with long-lasting high fevers, coughing, and aches.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

The first case was discovered in the summer of 2009 after a 77-year-old man from Gothenburg came down with a high fever and lost consciousness.

During his treatment, doctors discovered blood clots in his leg and lungs. The man's fever returned several times and doctors eventually found traces of an unknown bacteria in his blood.

The disease, which is transmitted by ticks, had never before been reported in Sweden and it was unclear what caused the disease in humans.

The two additional Swedes who have become ill due to the bacteria are in their sixties and seventies.

It remains unclear why the disease causes blood clots, but researchers have a number of theories in mind.

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“When the body can't deal with an infection in the blood, it traps the infection in a blood clot,” Christine Wennerås, a professor at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, told the newspaper.

According to researchers, ten percent of ticks in southern Sweden carry the bacteria.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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15:22 October 25, 2011 by millionmileman
This is seems similar to Lyme Disease which is carried by animals like deer and is in certain US States like Connecticut and especially Wisconsin which is very similar to Sweden in climate.

16:31 October 27, 2011 by Dolores Claesson
My daughter became very ill after a trip to see our relatives in Sweden in summer 2008. She has been very ill for THREE years and had to drop out of the International Baccalaureate program and is trying to finish on line. She has tested positive for Borrelia, Babesia duncani, Ehrlichia Chaffensis, Bartonella, HSV 1 with Bells Palsy and HHV 6 and Parvovirus B-19 and Papillomaviruses and had a mosiac wart, a sign of weakened immune function and has tested positive for BRUCELLA and has responded to anti-parasitical treatment and research out of Germany states that hunters were found to have tapeworms and roundworms (nematode larvae). Lyme disease or Borreliosis is a multi factorial illness and it is being ignored world wide. I have tried with no success to contact the Swedish newspapers and pediatric infectious disease physicians in Linkoping and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. We need to address this world wide epidemic. A young 15 year old boy who died of this was in the newspaper. This neo ehrlichia is perhaps what my daughter has. Sweden has Rickettsia helvetica which is a spotted fever rickettsiosis and in America there is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the Swedish people. My father in law was bitten by a tick and had the bulls eye or erythema migrans rash and the nurse told him it was not from a tick bite and that his illness was also not from the tick bite and gave him a few days of penicillin. Borrelioisis is so prevalent in Sweden and no one keeps statistics. Tularemia is also quite prevalent. I called all the Swedish version of the CDC and epidemiological areas and NO ONE HELPED out my daughter who is a SWEDISH CITIZEN !
09:04 December 11, 2011 by Silvermaven
This is not typical of neuroborreliosis. It usually presents with flu type symptoms. This could be a transmission of the newly described bank vole virus' in the prion like proteins of Borrelia species known throughout Europe, or some other retrovirus that can recombine. For most the stealth gene swapping abilities appears in the form of syndromes of unknown origin.

MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Lupus, ME/CFS, GWS, ALS, etc. etc. etc.

Glad Sweden is on their toes.
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