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Tick-borne parasite infecting blood supply: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday.

There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.

A 31-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now suggests the parasitic infection may be increasing.

Babesia infections are marked by anemia, fever, chills and fatigue, but they can also cause organ failure and death.

The still rare disease is known to occur in seven U.S. states in the Northeast and Upper Midwest in the spring and summer.

But a study led by Dr. Barbara Herwaldt of the CDC, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found cases had occurred year-round and in states where Babesia parasites are not found — including as far away as Texas and Florida.

States in which the parasite occurs naturally are Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

Of the 162 cases of Babesia infection caused by blood transfusions between 1979 and 2009, nearly 80 percent occurred between 2000 and 2009.

“Babesia microti has become the most frequently reported transfusion-transmitted parasite in the United States,” CDC researchers wrote, far outpacing malaria infections, which accounted for 49 cases of transfusion-associated disease during the same period, including just five cases during 2000-2009.

Premature infants appear to be especially vulnerable.

A separate study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics by a team at the University of Nebraska looked at seven cases of transfusion-associated Babesiosis in premature infants.

They found blood transfusions from two infected units of blood caused all seven of the cases of Babesiosis.

Symptoms of the infections varied widely, but babies with the lowest weights at birth were at greatest risk of serious infection.

The authors warned doctors in areas in which Babesiosis occurs to be watchful for cases in premature infants exposed to blood transfusions.

The CDC researchers called for better ways to prevent and detect cases of transfusion-associated Babesiosis.

“Our findings underscore the year-round vulnerability of the U.S. blood supply — especially, but not only — in and near Babesiosis-endemic areas.

“They also highlight the importance of multi-agency collaborative efforts to detect, investigate, and document transfusion cases; to assess the risks for transfusion transmission; and, thereby, to inform the scope of prevention measures.”

To deter transfusion-linked Babesiosis, the CDC in January said public health departments should report all cases of the infections to the CDC.

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Once Rare, Infection by Tick Bites Spreads

A potentially devastating infection caused by tick bites has gained a foothold in the Lower Hudson Valley and in coastal areas of the Northeast, government researchers have found.

The condition, called babesiosis, is a malaria-like illness that results from infection with Babesia microti, a parasite that lives in red blood cells and is carried by deer ticks. Though far less common than Lyme disease, babesiosis can be fatal, particularly in people with compromised immune systems.

Because there is no widely used screening test for babesiosis, its spread poses a particular threat to the blood supply, scientists said. “We are very worried about it and are doing everything in our power to address this,” said Sanjai Kumar, chief of the laboratory of emerging pathogens at the Food and Drug Administration.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were six cases of babesiosis in the Lower Hudson Valley in 2001 and 119 cases in 2008, a 20-fold increase. In areas where Lyme disease is endemic, like coastal Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island, babesiosis also is becoming very common, said Dr. Peter Krause, senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health.

In one study of residents of Block Island, R.I., Dr. Krause found babesiosis to be just 25 percent less common than Lyme disease. Babesiosis also is spreading slowly into other regions where it did not exist before, like the Upper Midwest, said Dr. Krause.

Many people who are infected with the parasite have no symptoms at all, while others experience mild to moderate flu-like symptoms that may last for a few days or as long as six months. “But some people get so sick that they wind up hospitalized, put into an intensive care unit, or even dying,” said Dr. Gary Wormser, chief of infectious diseases at Westchester Medical Center in New York.

In states that track the disease, there are an estimated 1,000 reported cases a year, said Dr. Krause, but he and other experts believe this represents a fraction of the people who are infected. In the Block Island study, researchers tested about 70 percent of the islanders and found that about one quarter of adults and half of children who were infected had no symptoms and were therefore not reported. Even people with mild to moderate symptoms may never see a physician. Even if they do, the condition may not be accurately diagnosed.

Experts fear that many undiagnosed patients may be donating blood. Currently, blood banks do not screen for Babesia because the Food and Drug Administration has not licensed a test for this purpose. The only way to screen a patient is by using a questionnaire, which simply asks blood donors if they are infected.

Babesiosis already is the most frequently reported infection transmitted through transfusion in the United States, responsible for at least 12 deaths. In New York City, six transfusion-associated cases of babesiosis were reported in 2009. Infection by this route can be serious: One study found approximately 30 percent of people who were infected by a transfusion died.

Between 1999 and 2007, several infants in Rhode Island developed babesiosis following blood transfusions. The Rhode Island Blood Center has become the first in the country to use an experimental new test to screen blood for the parasite.

Experts urge blood transfusion patients and their doctors to be aware of symptoms of babesiosis, which can occur up to nine weeks after a transfusion.

The symptoms can be vague (there is no tell-tale rash as there may be with Lyme disease) and include fever, sweats, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches and pains. In people who also have Lyme disease, doctors might suspect babesiosis if the symptoms are particularly severe or the antibiotics are not working, said Dr. Krause. A diagnosis can be confirmed through blood testing.

Infants and adults over age 50 are more likely to get moderate to severe symptoms if infected. People at increased risk of complications include patients with compromised immune systems (such as people receiving immunosuppressants), those who’ve had their spleens removed, and those with lymphoma or H.I.V. or who are being treated for cancer.

If not caught and treated early, babesiosis can lead to such complications as kidney, lung or heart failure. The infection can be treated with antimicrobial medications, but people with serious complications are less responsive to the drugs.

Why the parasite is spreading and why it’s spreading more slowly than Lyme disease are not well understood. One theory is that Babesia may be carried primarily in mice, which don’t tend to travel far afield. The bacterium causing Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, can be carried by birds.

Source : NY Times …

Far Infrared Therapy – Two Videos

I have to decided to start using my MPS Global FAR Infrared PAD again. I’m going to use it all the time from a distance of a few feet. I spoke with Ramona (she’s in the first video) tonight. She was very gracious to me. My last battle it seems is with pain, fibro, and Lyme Disease type symptoms. I am not a doctor, nor am I recommending everyone go out and by a heating pad, I am merely sharing information which is the purpose of this blog. If Far Infrared is not your thing please don’t be negative.

Oh and Russell, it’s good to see you again in a new Video !

Update on My Health

I wanted to check-in and share with everyone my current status. As far as Morgellons goes I experience zero of the classical symptoms; no crawling, no biting, no fibers or specks, and in general no skin issues at all. I consider myself cured from Morgellons. Also, my heart palpitations seems to be going away and I’m much relieved for that.

However, from time to time I go through extreme periods of pain which involves both muscle pain and joint pain, and extreme fatigue. I think even more of it stems from nerve pain to be honest. It sometimes overwhelms me and recently I reached out to some folks for prayer. I still have the anxiety too, which for me is worse than pain. I know the two are linked somehow, but which-causes-which is still a mystery to me. I go in and out of these very painful periods and my recent bout was horrible and long lasting, and with me to this very day. Nighttime is the worst for the pain but I won’t go into all the details.

I want you to know though; I do not attribute this pain to Morgellons. There is nothing horrifying about what I am going through right now, it’s just pain and fatigue. Misery for sure in its own right, but I have long been accustomed to living with pain.

I had Lyme three times in the past 2 years as the deer are literally all over our property, right up to the house. This year we are ripping out all of our plants and flower beds. It’s a shame but a reality I must face. My pain may be the result of Lyme or co-infections but I can take care of it with good diet, attitude, and exercise. Despite all I have been through I believe there to be “NO” link between Lyme Disease and Morgellons. I had Lyme clear back in 1990 in Connecticut back when it all started. Morgellons is Morgellons, Lyme is Lyme, that’s it.

My battles are different now, but even though the pain now is far worse than it ever was two years ago, I do not have Morgellons and am so thankful. Pain, fatigue, and anxiety are all a living hell in their own right, but full blown Morgellons makes what I am going through right now a walk in the park. So, to those still suffering from the biting and crawling sensations my heart goes out to you. Please don’t waste prayers on me, pray for those who still have Morgellons.

There are times when I reach my wits end and those that I reached out to in prayer know that all too well. But I always climb back up. In fact, I’m looking forward to hitting the “Elliptical” tonight as I am intent on powering my way through this. Things aren’t all that bad, life is still good, we had a wonderful Christmas and in many ways though my pain is worse my mind is at ease most of the time.

Finally, if you were to look at me you would think me in perfect shape. I look fantastic for a guy that gets run over by a freight train every night.

I beg of thee, it’s Lyme Disease NOT Lyme’s Disease

Please, if you’re one of those that says “Lyme’s” or “Lyme’s Disease” please stop, it’s Lyme, not Lyme’s. This is a pet peeve of mine. Thank you, I now return you to your regular programming.

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Information from Someone who is Cured

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Any decision on your part to read and use this information is your personal choice. Many of these herbs mentioned in the post below are very powerful and can cause powerful Herxheimer reactions.

I stumbled across a post on the Morgellons Disease Research forums by jwf, someone who states he is cured of Morgellons. I remember jwf or (Blue Skies…John) from the LymeBusters forum quite well. I will share his initial post on a thread that he started the other day (November 3rd). A link to that thread is available below. Again, this is for information purposes only. I am not making a recommendation that you not follow jwf’s protocol, I’m only making his post known.

Hi Folks,

I’ve been in the Morgellons community since March of 2004, when my wife
and I found that our newly discovered Lyme disease had a passenger with a very
mean disposition.

Both being herbalist, we started looking for the best spirochete killers,
the best antifungals, the best immune modifiers, etc. After about 1 1/2 years
we were clear of all of our Morgellon-like symptoms, except for some residual
fatigue. That has also improved in the last several years.

I just wanted to drop in, say hello, and let you know that we live a very
normal life now. I’m attending an excellent acupuncture school and also travel
some with no problems.

You’ve probably seen a list of herbs and supplements that we used for
healing. They still work– my mother-in-law beat Morgellons (open lesions)
in less than six months, although we caught it early.

Here is the short list from ’04: Cat’s Claw, Pau d’Arco, Olive Leaf Extract, Kyolic
formula 103, two Seven Forest formulas- Isatis and Forsythia, Triphala, Teasel,
and Sarsaparilla.

In adddition we found Folic Acid, NAC (Cysteine), Silver, Oregano, Grape Seed
Extract, and Artemisinin, very helpful.

For now we may occasionally take Olive leaf extract, Grape seed extract, and
digestive enzymes.

We really researched these herbs and supplements and later on we found that
some in particular had a synergism that really cleaned house:

Cat’s Claw, Grape Seed Extract, and Kyolic 103 seemed to be an excellent

You have a great board here with a lot of good helpful knowledge and support.
You can beat Morgellons and Lyme. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Blue Skies………..John


You can find the post HERE with many replies. Please don’t ask me questions about jwf’s protocol, I don’t really know. I do know that jwf feels Lyme Disease plays a big role in Morgellons. Again, this information provided here is for educational purposes only. Any decision on your part to read and use this information is your personal choice.