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Should Community Pharmacies Have Prescribing Power for the Treatment of Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, a vector-borne illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted to humans by deer ticks. It is currently nearing endemic levels of infection in North America; the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a 130.6% increase in confirmed cases between 1997 and 2017 (12,801-29,513 cases, respectively)1. Other…

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Lyme Disease Risk in an Urban Center in New York City

In an investigation of Lyme disease risk in the urban setting of New York City, forest parks with vegetated buffers and increased connectivity had higher Ixodes scapularis nymph densities, and the degree of connectivity strongly determined Borrelia burgdorferi nymphal infection prevalence, according to data published in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Because most tickborne disease studies in…
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Frequent, Repeated Mass Ivermectin Administration Reduces Malaria Transmission

Frequently repeated mass administration of ivermectin during transmission season may reduce the incidence of uncomplicated malaria episodes in children living in endemic regions, according to study results published in the Lancet.1 Since 2017, when researchers at the World Health Organization suggested that the global fight against malaria had stalled,2 novel ways to prevent the transmission…
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