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North Carolina Govenor Perdue Issues Proclamation

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Govenor Perdue Issues Proclamation for Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month

Quantifying Bartonella Risks to Veterinarians

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

National Report — Bartonellosis: It’s no longer considered a self-limiting disease, and for some people chronic infection can be as debilitating and hard to diagnose as Lyme disease.

Bartonella: Quantifying new risks to veterinarians, patients
Dec 1, 2010
By: Daniel R. Verdon


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Dept of Army study published in 1992 concerning risks in North Carolina

CONCLUSIONS.  The presence of specimens of I. scapularis on examined 
deer, and information from the DEHNR on the epidemiology of Lyme disease in 
North Carolina, indicate that the present risk of contracting human Lyme 
disease at Fort Bragg, is Moderate.

Evaluation of Veterinary and Human Health Data for Surveillance of Human Tick-Borne Diseases in North Carolina

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Tick-borne diseases are an important cause of human morbidity in North
Carolina. This study evaluated the use of routinely collected veterinary
hospital and human hospital emergency department (ED) data for earlier
signal detection compared with routine reporting of tick-borne diseases
to the North Carolina Division of Public Health in 2006 and 2007.

The Early Aberration Reporting System was used to detect the earliest
indication of an increase in number of dogs infested with ticks that
were brought to veterinary hospitals and in number of people presenting
to EDs with a tick-related chief complaint or who had an ED
International Classification of Diseases diagnosis code of tick-borne

Results indicate that systematic monitoring of veterinary hospital and
human ED data can detect increases in tick activity 4 weeks earlier than
the current surveillance method, which would facilitate timely
initiation of tick prevention and increased clinical awareness among
veterinarians and physicians.

Recent Discovery of Widespread Ixodes affinis Distribution in NC

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Ixodes affinis, which is similar morphologically to Ixodes scapularis, is widely distributed in North Carolina. Collections have documented this species in 32 of 41 coastal plain counties, but no piedmont or mountain counties.

This coastal plain distribution is similar to its distribution in Georgia and South Carolina, where it is considered an enzootic vector of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto. An updated list of hosts for I. affinis in the U.S.A. is included, increasing the number to 15 mammal and one bird species.

The presence of questing adults of I. affinis from April to November reinforces the need for confirmed identifications of suspected tick vectors of Borrelia spirochetes collected during warm months.

Recent Discovery of Widespread Ixodes affinis (Acari: Ixodidae)
Distribution in North Carolina with Implications for Lyme Disease Studies
Bruce A. Harrison, Walker H. Rayburn Jr., Marcee Toliver, Eugene E.
Powell, Barry R. Engber, Lance A. Durden, Richard G. Robbins, Brian F.
Prendergast and Parker B. Whitt
Journal of Vector Ecology 35(1):174-179. June 2010

Lyme Awareness Night – June 8th, 2010

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Lyme Disease Awareness Night

  • Tuesday, June 8th
  • Westwood Baptist Church
  • 200 Westhigh St
  • Cary, NC 27513
  • (919) 469-9393

Doors open at 6:00PM

Lyme Documentary – Under Our Skin starts 6:30PM

Brief Discussion Session To Follow

Lyme disease is on the rise in North Carolina. You need to know the facts.

This is a free public awareness event presented by


    Advocates call Lyme disease a threat in N.C

    Monday, May 10th, 2010

    Carolina Lyme Working To Raise Awareness

    Local Towns Proclaim May As Lyme Disease Awareness Month

    Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

    North Carolina Mayors Proclaim May As Lyme Disease Awareness Month. To Date These  Include Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Mint Hill, Raleigh and Winston Salem

    Pam Davis With Carolina Lyme Accepts Proclamation From Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly.

    Mayor Charles Meeker Proclaims May As Lyme Disease Awareness Month For The City Of Raleigh.

    Lyme disease found in Wake – Wake County –

    Thursday, March 18th, 2010

    Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance Genes Discovered

    Friday, November 6th, 2009

    New study announced in John Hopkins Newsletter provides insight why Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) is difficult to treat.

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