Tick Disease Similar to Lyme But Tests Don't Detect It
Katie Ruppel

A tick-borne disease so new it only has a scientific name has been identified in United States patients for the first time, including at least one person from Nantucket. Borrelia miyamotoi is a relative of Lyme disease with similar symptoms including fever, headache, muscle ache, and fatigue.

Unlike Lyme disease, B. miyamotoi presents recurring fevers in patients and does not trigger a bulls-eye rash. Nor does it cause a positive test with traditional Lyme disease testing, said Dr. Sam R. Telford 3rd, a professor of infectious diseases at Tufts University.

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Scientists Use Thermal Imaging to Map Tick-Carrying Deer
Katie Ruppel

In an attempt to quantify the Vineyard deer population, a Mount Holyoke College professor flew across the Island last Friday afternoon taking thousands of aerial infrared photographs for a tick-borne illness study. While a snowy, 20 degree day on Martha’s Vineyard may not be most visitors’ optimal conditions for a flight around the Island, professor of geography Thomas Millette deemed Friday’s weather ideal. A frozen ground, calm winds and an overcast sky all optimize the efficiency of the thermal imaging system developed by Mr. Millette.

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New Tularemia Case Confirmed
Chris Burrell
Pneumonic tularemia is back. Confirming this year's first case of the pneumonic form of the disease, public health officials said yesterday they are prepared to call in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate.
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Island Tularemia Case Confirmed
Chris Burrell
A four-year-old boy from Newton is this year's first confirmed case of tularemia on the Vineyard, but state and Island health officials stopped far short of sounding an alarm this week over a new outbreak of the rare bacterial infection.
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Tick Expert Doubts Tularemia Theories; Suspicion Shifts to Rats — Not Rabbits
Chris Burrell

Are rabbits really to blame for last summer's outbreak of tularemia and for what could be a repeat performance this year?

Sam Telford, a parasitologist from Harvard University and the newest member of a team sent here to investigate why such a rare disease has taken hold on the Vineyard, doesn't think so. What's more, Mr. Telford is just as skeptical about the prevailing theory that most victims breathed in air particles contaminated with the tularemia bacteria.

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Tularemia Case Stirs Concern
Chris Burrell
Public health officials this week confirmed the third case of tularemia contracted on the Vineyard.
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Scientific Team Seek Clues to Explain Rare Outbreaks of Tularemia on Vineyard
Chris Burrell
The Harvard scientists who spent the last four days on the Vineyard collecting clues that could help them solve the Island's biggest medical mystery came armed with an unusual tool kit: an aerosol can of automotive starter fluid, two flowerpots painted blue, a bag of apples and an empty can of Diet Coke.
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New Tularemia Cases Suspected on Island
Chris Burrell
Suspicions that tularemia has made a comeback on the Vineyard for the third summer in a row have prompted a series of new health advisories aimed at the group of people at highest risk for the disease - landscapers.
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Tularemia Investigation Nears Finish
Chris Burrell
From the start, scientists have viewed the outbreak of tularemia on Martha's Vineyard as an ecological puzzle, never a case of bio-terrorism, despite tularemia's recognized status as a bacteria ideally suited for terrorism.
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New Tularemia Case Strikes Landscaper; Doctors Are Baffled
Chris Burrell
State public health officials yesterday confirmed this year's third case of pneumonic tularemia, the rare and potentially fatal disease that killed a Chilmark man two years ago and has baffled scientists for the last three summers.
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