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New tick-borne illness mimics Lyme disease but often goes undetected

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More than 100,000 people in New York state are estimated to have been infected with a newly discovered disease that is carried by deer ticks and which mimics the symptoms of Lyme disease. According to CBS-New York, Borrelia miyamotoi disease looks like Lyme, but is a different illness altogether, one that would explain how some people who appear to be suffering from Lyme disease can continue to test negative for the Lyme bacteria.

Borrelia miyamotoi‘s symptoms are virtually identical to Lyme disease (Borrelia bergdorferi), which it is related to, but without the distinctive Lyme skin rash. Dr. Brian Fallon of Columbia University said, “Patients with this illness will develop, perhaps, fever, headache, flu-like symptoms, muscle pains — so they’ll have typical Lyme-like flu symptoms in the spring, summer, early fall.But most of them will not develop the typical rash that you see with Lyme disease.”

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Because the patients test negative for Lyme disease, doctors don’t administer antibiotics, said Fallon, “so the patient will have an infection staying in their system longer than it should.”

There is currently no test for Borrelia miyamotoi, but both it and Lyme disease respond to antibiotic treatment if the medicine is administered soon enough. Both diseases are among the array of human-infective diseases carried by ticks.

Lyme and Borrelia miyamotoi are carried by deer ticks, which are native to most wooded areas in the U.S. and usually must feed on a person’s blood for 24 hours before an infection of either disease will take hold.

Deer ticks are small and easy to miss, about the size of a sesame seed. People who spend time outdoors during the temperate months should check themselves all over for ticks each day.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman

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One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.

Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.

Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.

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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.

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