Monthly Archives: February 2015

Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease

The “Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease” Challenge kicks off tomorrow March 1st, 2015. The purpose is to raise awareness and funding for improved Lyme Disease diagnosis and treatment.


Lyme disease challenge




Are you in? GREAT!!

Then follow the three easy steps below and donate $10 to ILADS. Prefer not to take the bite? That’s okay too! Donate $100 to ILADS instead.

1. TAKE A BITE: Bite a lime and TAKE A PHOTO OR A SHORT VIDEO of the act!


2. SHARE A FACT: State ONE BRIEF FACT ABOUT LYME DISEASE. You can say them in your video, write them on your photo, or include them in your post. Help us spread the true facts about Lyme Disease!


3. PASS IT ON: Keep the campaign going — CHALLENGE THREE OTHER PEOPLE – your friends, family, whomever! – to take a bite! Mention them in your video or if you do a photo tag them in your post.


For more information, go to  here


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Babesia discovered in a high percentage of Belgian patients!

In a new study from January 2015, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infection,
199 anonymous patients from Belgium with known tick bite and symptoms of vector-borne disease were tested for Babesia using Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test.

The serological screen detected positive reactivity in 9% (n = 18) against B. microti, 33.2% (n = 66) against B. divergens, and 39.7% (n = 79) Babesia sp. EU1, respectively.

Read the study here:

“A retrospective serological survey on human babesiosis in Belgium.”


Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test

The picture is an example of  and Indirect Fluorescent Antibody Test which is also used for malaria antibody detection, a parasite similar to Babesia. (Picture from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention)