Linking tick bites with a Lyme-like disease April 26, 2017 Professor Una Ryan Despite growing evidence of a Lyme-like disease in Australia, the cause of the condition remains a mystery. Professor Una Ryan is part of the Vector and Waterborne Pathogens group at Murdoch University who are investigating the link between this mysterious illness and the increasing number of people attributing the symptoms to tick bites. “The undetermined disease usually presents as acute flu-like symptoms including headache, fever, and fatigue that can persist for weeks to months,” Professor Ryan said. “This may develop into a severe chronic illness that can include arthritis, chronic migraine, and systemic inflammatory syndrome. “There is a considerable body of anecdotal evidence connecting tick bites to the symptoms. However, little has been documented about microorganisms harboured within Australian native ticks or their pathogenic potential.” Professor Ryan and her colleagues have identified five new bacterial species in ticks, which are closely related to, but distinctly different from tick-borne bacterial pathogens in the northern hemisphere. The team is currently using Next Generation Sequencing of the microbes in human-biting Australian ticks to determine if these bacteria could be the cause of Lyme-like Disease in Australia. Professor Una Ryan will be presenting a talk entitled “Lyme-Like disease in Australia – A Tick-Borne Illness?” at Western Australia’s premier media research conference, Science on the Swan, on 2 May. Registration details and more information is available at www.scienceontheswan.com.au Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Schools, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: lyme disease, science on the swan, una ryan, vector and water-borne pathogens group Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!