Copying entire article and breaking
up for us who have NEURO lyme and
can not read or comprehend long,
solid blocks of text.

The right column has come into my text
area so I'm making this shorter lines
to read what I have typed! Don't
know why this is happening of
overlapping areas; no area
to mark X to close that window!

uffda! BettyG, Iowa lyme activist

Tick menagerie: Lyme isn't the only
disease you can get from a tick

By Pamela Weintraub

on February 28, 2009 - 10:24am

in Emerging Diseases

From the time National Institutes
of Health medical entomologist
Willy Burgdorfer first sliced open
deer ticks from Shelter Island
(off of Long Island) and studied
them under the microscope in his
Montana lab, he observed a glut
of microbes.

He traced just one of them--
B. burgdorferi, the spirochete
named after him-to the disease
studied in Connecticut and called

But right from the start he suspected
that as far as the patients went,
different organisms could be involved.

Sitting next to Burgdorfer in a
sun-drenched conference room at the
Rocky Mountain Laboratories, I
watched him remove from his ancient
briefcase a handwritten chart that
had withstood the test of time.

Yellowed and creased, the paper
listed microbes, six in all.

"These," he told me, "are what I
found in the Shelter Island ticks."

He would not give me a copy, but he
let me look.

I saw the spirochete B. burgdorferi
on his chart, of course, but I also
observed an organism, larger than a
bacterium, called a nematode worm.

(The worm's potential for disease,
said Burgdorfer, was unknown.)

I took definite note, therefore,
when Richard Ostfeld, an animal
ecologist at the Institute for
Ecosystem Studies, in the Dutchess
County town of Millbrook, New York,
told me he'd found nematode worms
in deer ticks, too.

I paid even more attention when the
finding was confirmed in Connecticut
by University of New Haven
microbiologist Eva Sapi and
announced at the school's Lyme
symposium in 2007.

Neither scientist knew what to make
of the worms, nor that they'd been
observed by others before.

Whether nematode worms living in
ticks will ever be implicated in
human disease has yet to be seen.

But if they are, says Sapi, then
treating that infection could make
all the difference in the world for
a subset of patients who remain sick.

The take-home message is this:

Ticks that carry the pathogen of
Lyme disease harbor many other
organisms, some known to cause
serious human disease, others not
traced to human infection or still
undiscovered and unexplored.

Over the next few weeks, look to
this space for coverage of the
coinfections accompanying or mistaken
for the common epidemic disease called Lyme.

Pamela Weintraub is the author of
Cure Unknown:
Inside the Lyme Epidemic and senior
editor at Discover Magazine.

Pam, another good article this time
involving WORMS. I've been reading
alot from folks who DO have the worms
and have even taken photos of them and
sharing with other lyme patients to
open their minds that the WORMS have
made it harder to get well with chronic
lyme disease!

I look forward to your continued
series educating ALL of us on lyme
disease and co-infections!

Pam, thanks for a job well done! :)

Bettyg, Iowa lyme activist