07 March 2018

Scope2The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first tests to screen human plasma and whole blood samples for the Babesia parasite species, Babesia Microti (B. Microti), the main species that causes infection in the United States. Babesia parasites are transmitted by Ixodes scapularis ticks, also known as blacklegged or deer ticks but can also be transmitted by transfusion of blood or blood components collected from an infected donor. These new tests will be performed on human donor samples, which includes volunteer donors of whole blood and blood components, as well as living organ and tissue donors.

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06 March 2018

TBDRPThe Department of Defense Tick-Borne Disease Research Program (TBDRP) is announcing its anticipated funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018 for researchers.  Since there is a current Continuing Resolution, the Defense Appropriations bill has not been passed yet, so funds have not been appropriated for the DoD TBDRP. This is a preannouncement to allow researchers time to plan ideas for submission to the anticipated FY18 funding opportunities.

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21 December 2017

SchutzerIt is well known to the medical community that Lyme disease testing methods are highly inaccurate. The only FDA approved Lyme tests available are antibody-based tests, which are the current standard, but are known to produce both false positives, and the more devastating false negatives. For example, it can take weeks for antibody levels to reach a point where they are detectable, resulting in a negative lab result. Many antibodies are cross-reactive to other bacteria not associated with Lyme disease, clouding diagnosis. These tests were created decades ago, with old technology, and omit important information.

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26 November 2017

LDA GivingTuesday GreenLogoBill & Melinda Gates Foundation are teaming up with Facebook to match up to $2 million in funds raised for nonprofits in the U.S.   #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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21 November 2017

East Asian TickThe Lyme Disease Association reports that a new tick species to the U.S. has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The East Asian tick's presence, aka longhorned or bush tick, was confirmed in Hunterdon County NJ on November 9. Initial ID was done by Rutgers and Hunterdon Co. Division of Health. The animals and property they were found on have been treated to eliminate the tick. Wildlife surveillance in the area is being done to determine if the ticks have spread beyond that area. Photo: James Occi

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