Inhibition of the endosymbiont "Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii" during 16S rRNA gene profiling reveals potential pathogens in Ixodes ticks from Australia.
' However, bacteria of medical significance were detected in I. holocyclus ticks, including a Borrelia relapsing fever group sp., Bartonella henselae, novel "Candidatus Neoehrlichia" spp., Clostridium histolyticum, Rickettsia spp., and Leptospira inadai.'
'Professor Peter Irwin and his colleagues have released the findings from research at Murdoch University. The results have huge implications for the requirement and potential of future research in Australia. Whilst only one tick species (I Holocyclus - aka Paralysis tick) was examined in this study - Borrelia of a relapsing fever species (unidentified) not before found in Australia was discovered. As was numerous other pathogens (Bartonella henselae, novel “Candidatus Neoehrlichia” spp., Clostridium histolyticum, Rickettsia spp., and Leptospira inadai).
What does this mean for Australian Lyme Borreliosis & Co Patients?? In short – It is BIG – and it speaks volumes to the requirements for further urgent research looking at the 70or so other species of ticks in Australia, and the infections they carry. With thousands suffering – Lets hope the Government is listening and provides research funds – and advances plans to put into place better testing and treatment for those chronically ill'