Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Upcoming COCA Call: The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections


While mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Yellow Fever tend to garner the most vector-borne disease attention - in terms of their impact on the health of Americans - tickborne diseases inflict a far greater toll (see CDC: Estimate Of Yearly Lyme Disease Diagnoses In The United States).
Although Lyme disease is best known by the public, the The CDC lists a growing number of diseases carried by ticks in the United States, including: Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis , Ehrlichiosis, Heartland Virus, Powassan Disease, Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness), Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF), Tularemia, and 364D Rickettsiosis . . .
Complicating both diagnosis and treatment, many ticks carry more than one disease, and perhaps most ominously, their geographic range is increasing.

Last March in CDC Grand Rounds: Emerging Tickborne Diseases at this growing array of tickborne illnesses, and later this week the CDC will hold a COCA Call on their changing distribution around the country.
Primarily of interest to clinicians and health care providers, COCA calls are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices. They can, however, provide important insights to other groups as well.
While live attendance of this webinar is usually limited, the archived presentation will be posted on the COCA site within a few days.

The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infections

 Free Continuing Education

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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The recordings (audio, slides, and transcript) for this call will be posted on the webpage a few days after the COCA Call.
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Over the last three decades, several tick species have increased in number and distribution worldwide. The reasons for these changes are multifactorial and include shifts in climate, habitat, wildlife hosts, and human land use patterns. The expansion in tick populations has directly led to an increased risk of infection for both people and animals with established tick-borne agents and newly identified pathogens, creating a true One Health crisis. During the call, clinicians will learn specific examples of changes in the distribution of ticks and tick-borne infections in North America and the recommended strategies to limit transmission and disease in the face of increasing risk.

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