Several tickborne diseases on the rise in U.S.
Although cases of tickborne babesiosis have been diagnosed in the U.S. since 1966, this disease only became nationally notifiable in 2011. A report of the first five years of babesiosis surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows an alarming increase in incidence.
Babesia is a genus of intracellular parasites that infects red blood cells (RBCs) (see Figure 1A). Infection is similar in structure and pathogenesis to malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites. However, Plasmodium is spread primarily by mosquitoes and is not endemic in the U.S., while Babesia most commonly is spread by Ixodes scapularis ticks (see Figure 1B) with transmission in many states (see Figure 2).
See the full article by Julia C. Haston, M.D., FAAP and Larry K. Pickering, M.D., FIDSA, FPIDS, FAAP here.
May 7, 2022
In my side pouches, you can find tent poles (right) and a SmartWater bottle (left). A sawyer squeeze is placed inline from the SmartWater bottle and attached to my Osprey mouthpiece to drink fro, as I walk.
The EWG sees picaridin as a reasonably good alternative to DEET—although it hasn’t been tested as long, it doesn’t have the same neurotoxicity concerns. They recommend a concentration of 20 percent for Lyme protection. Common brands include: OFF!, Cutter, Sawyer, Natrapel, Insect Guard.
Fill them up with tap water and it slowly passes through a filter system. Then the main reservoir below collects the filtered water.