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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by panda » Wed 3 Oct 2012 0:59

Sweden: Co-infections

Seroreactivity for spotted fever rickettsiae and co-infections with other tick-borne agents among habitants in central and southern Sweden.
Lindblom A, Wallménius K, Nordberg M, Forsberg P, Eliasson I, Påhlson C, Nilsson K.
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Sep 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Abstract
Patients seeking medical care with erythema migrans or flu-like symptoms after suspected or observed tick bite in the southeast of Sweden and previously investigated for Borrelia spp. and/or Anaplasma sp. were retrospectively examined for serological evidence of rickettsial infection (Study 1). Twenty of 206 patients had IgG and/or IgM antibodies to Rickettsia spp. equal to or higher than the cut-off titre of 1:64. Seven of these 20 patients showed seroconversion indicative of recent or current infection and 13 patients had titres compatible with past infection, of which five patients were judged as probable infection. Of 19 patients with medical records, 11 were positive for Borrelia spp. as well, and for Anaplasma sp., one was judged as positive. Five of the 19 patients had antibodies against all three pathogens. Erythema migrans or rash was observed at all combinations of seroreactivity, with symptoms including fever, muscle pain, headache and respiratory problems. The results were compared by screening an additional 159 patients (Study 2) primarily sampled for the analysis of Borrelia spp. or Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Sixteen of these patients were seroreactive for Rickettsia spp., of which five were judged as recent or current infection. Symptoms of arthritis, fever, cough and rash were predominant. In 80 blood donors without clinical symptoms, approximately 1 % were seroreactive for Rickettsia spp., interpreted as past infection. The study shows that both single and co-infections do occur, which illustrate the complexity in the clinical picture and a need for further studies to fully understand how these patients should best be treated.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22961007 [abstract]

http://www.springerlink.com/content/72x ... lltext.pdf [full text]

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Wed 3 Oct 2012 18:53

Thank you, Panda!

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by panda » Sun 14 Oct 2012 4:29

Large discrepancy between the current estimate of Swedish Lyme borreliosis incidence and the number of diagnoses made in primary care [Zoonoser – ett hot mot folkhälsan]
Dr Anders Wallensten
Smittskyddsinstitutet, 2010

http://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/escaide/ma ... ensten.pdf [pdf, presentation]

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Mon 15 Oct 2012 14:34

Thank you again, Panda!

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Thu 18 Oct 2012 19:08

From Norway:


http://www.stortinget.no/no/Saker-og-pu ... ?qid=55243
Spørretimespørsmål fra Erna Solberg (H) til helse- og omsorgsministeren

Datert: 17.10.2012

Til behandling



Spørsmål
Erna Solberg (H): Mange opplever at det tar lang tid å få riktig diagnose og effektiv behandling for Lyme borreliose etter flåttbitt. Helsedirektoratet utarbeidet i 2009 en rapport med anbefaling om diagnostikk og behandling av flåttsykdommer. I årene etter at rapporten ble utarbeidet har det imidlertid kommet ny kunnskap på feltet, og en del pasienter har blitt friske med metoder som ikke anbefales av helsemyndighetene. Hva gjør statsråden for å sikre oppdatert kunnskap om diagnostikk og behandling på dette området?
If someone need to use google translate, the text above is in Norwegian.

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Mon 22 Oct 2012 0:02

From Norway:

"Ingrid ble kronisk syk av flått – helsevesenet tror ikke på henne"

http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/ing ... 93456.html

"Helsetopp innrømmer mangel på flåttkunnskap"
(the Norwegian health care admit in TV that they know too little)

http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/hel ... 05067.html

"Steffen (21) ble alvorlig syk av flått"

http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/hel ... 98638.html

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Mon 22 Oct 2012 18:44

More from Norway:

"Her er Jonas (12) på beina igjen etter åtte måneders flåttsykdom.

Kunne ikke gå etter flåttbitt, men offentlig helsepersonell mente tolvåringen hadde mistet troen på egne bein."

25. juni 2012

http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/06/25/nyhe ... /22249164/

"- Det er helt uvirkelig at mennesker som har blitt syke av flåttbitt ikke blir trodd i det norske helsevesenet"

22. oktober 2012

http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/10/22/nyhe ... /23986015/

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by panda » Sat 27 Oct 2012 17:56

LYME-nytt
Bloggen som holder deg oppdatert på forskning, nyheter, tips & råd om flåttsykdommer (kronisk borrelia). Mitt liv, min kamp..

Lymenet blog

http://fmnytt.me/

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Sat 3 Nov 2012 14:49

From Norway:

"- Reddet livet ved å trosse legens råd"

Translated with google translate: "- Saved (his) life by defying doctor's advice"

http://www.smaalenene.no/nyheter/article6322203.ece

"- Viser at det kan ramme hvem som helst"

Translated with google translate: "- Showing that it can affect anyone"

http://www.dagbladet.no/2012/11/02/nyhe ... /24173044/

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Re: Information for people from Scandinavia

Post by X-member » Fri 9 Nov 2012 12:56

Facebook:

"Lyme Disease in Skandinavien"

("The Scandinavian fight for Tick Born Diseases" - Støtt kampen! Borrelia & co. infections ruin peoples lives!!!)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyme-Dise ... 6398041085

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