Key takeaways for HM
- Lyme disease can be seen in inpatient settings with cardiac, neurologic, and musculoskeletal manifestations.
- Several emerging tick-borne infections (tularemia, STARI [southern tick-associated rash illness]), relapsing fever (B. hermsii), B. miyamotoi, and B. mayonii should also be on clinicians’ radar.
- Ticks can also spread viruses that can have particularly deadly consequences such as Powassan, Heartland, and Bourbon.
- Climate change is good for ticks, but bad for humans.
Dr. Kim is assistant professor of medicine in the division of hospital medicine at Emory University, Atlanta.