Infektiotautien asiantuntijan Paul Auwaerterin (Johns Hopkinsin lääketieteellinen tiedekunta) mukaan vastaavanlainen tapaus tapahtui juuri aiemmin kun perheen lemmikkinä ollut simpanssi hyökkäsi emäntänsä kimppuun. Simpansilla todettiin borrelioosi. Ihmisillä tällainen borreliabakteerin aiheuttama psykoottinen käyttäytyminen on kuitenkin erittäin harvinaista. Amerikan infektiotautien yhdistyksen (IDSA) Gary Wormserin mukaan psyykkisiä sairauksia sairastavilla ei ole muita enemmän borrelioosia.
Sedlacek sai punkinpureman lukioaikana. Sen jälkeen hän ei ollut enää terve. Hänen fyysinen ja henkinen terveytensä heikkenivät vuosi vuodelta. Borrelioosilääkäri Eugene Shapiron mukaan ihmiset eivät voi saada kroonista psyykkistä sairautta borreliabakteerista. Heidät saatetaan diagnosoida virheellisesti joskus eivätkä he sillon saa hoitoa Shapiron mukaan "todellisiin ongelmiinsa".
Sisätautilääkri Daniel Cameronin alueella esiintyy paljon borrelioosia. Hänen mukaansa borreliabakteeri voi aiheuttaa ihmisissä väkivaltaista käyttäytymistä. Monet hänen potilaistaan valittavat kärsivänsä esim. ahdistuksesta ja aggressioista.
Ps. Aiheesta löytyy artikkeli myös klikkaamalla "Borrelioosikokemuksia".
Aihe on ollut esillä useissa medioissa. Alimpana on FOX NEWS:issa ollut artikkeli.
Muita aihetta käsitteleviä artikkeleita:
August, 2008 story about the man's Lyme disease
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/s ... enDocument
Huffington Post coverage today
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-mitc ... 73140.html
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/200 ... ing_N.htm/
Man, 27, charged in Illinois pastor shooting
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On Monday, churchgoers and employees of the First Baptist Church, in Maryville, Ill., celebrated the memory of the Rev. Fred Winters. Another pastor at First Baptist, Mark Jones, said he received more than 1,000 e-mails of support.
CHURCHGOERS MOURN PASTOR
DOES LYME RAGE EXIST?
Whether Lyme disease causes the kind of violence that killed a Maryville, Ill., pastor on Sunday was being debated Monday.
The disease, a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged or deer ticks, can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control says. It can cause brain inflammation and in rare cases, problems with concentration, short-term memory and sleep.
The CDC reported 27,444 cases in 2007.
Gary Wormser, infectious diseases chief at New York Medical College, says he has not seen any evidence that psychiatric patients are more likely to have Lyme disease than other patients.
Some patient-advocacy groups use the term "Lyme rage" to explain aggressive psychiatric symptoms.
Paul Auwaerter, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins medical school, noted that the condition was even implicated in a chimp attack last month that severely injured a Connecticut woman. The animal was said to have Lyme disease.
In humans, Auwaerter said, mental illness is much more common than Lyme disease, and it would be "extraordinarily rare" to develop a true psychosis from the disease.
? Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY. Contributing: The Associated Press
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Terry Sedlacek was never the same after a tick bite years ago, his mother said. He would forget to go to school. He was often confused.
Sunday morning, authorities said, the 27-year-old outdoorsman's behavior took a violent turn. Illinois prosecutors said he was the man who walked up the center aisle of First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill., during the 8:15 a.m. service and shot the Rev. Fred Winters through the heart.
The State's Attorney's Office in Madison County charged Terry Sedlacek with first-degree murder for the death of Winters. They also charged him with aggravated battery; they say he stabbed two church members who tried to disarm him.
Sedlacek's mother and stepfather, with whom he lived, could not be reached. They have not spoken publicly since the tragedy. In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August, though, Ruth Abernathy, Sedlacek's mother, described a long illness that began with a tick bite in high school and changed her son forever.
She said he was misdiagnosed for years, and in 2003 he was so sick that he was given last rites.
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Experts are divided over whether Lyme disease can cause mental illness.
Eugene Shapiro, a Lyme disease specialist at Yale University, said people do not get chronic mental illness from Lyme disease, but sometimes they are misdiagnosed and fail to get treatment "for the problems they really have."
"Lyme disease does not cause people to shoot people," he said.
Daniel Cameron, an internist in Westchester County, N.Y., where Lyme disease is common, said it can cause violent behavior. Cameron, president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, said he has had many patients with Lyme disease who complain of psychiatric problems, including anxiety and aggression.
Sedlacek's lawyer, Ron Slemer, told the Belleville News-Democrat on Monday that he has known Sedlacek's family for a long time. He said the family is "very sorry for the loss of Rev. Winters."
He said Sedlacek's mental and physical condition have been deteriorating.
The shooting created a buzz on the Internet among Lyme disease sufferers and called attention to the need for research to understand how the illness ravages the central nervous system, said Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association.
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Investigators searched Sedlacek's house in Troy, Ill., and found his day planner, in which he had marked Sunday as "death day," state's attorney spokeswoman Stephanee Smith said.
Keith Melton, one of the men who disarmed the gunman, said in an interview that at first no one realized the danger.
The gunman walked in about 20 minutes after the service began as Winters, 45, the senior pastor, was reading from Psalm 128, Melton said. Winters, a married father of two, said to the man, "Good morning."
"Then he started shooting," Melton said. "No one heard him say a word."
Sedlacek fired four shots with a .45-caliber handgun before the gun jammed, the State's Attorney's Office said.
One shot hit Winters' Bible. The pastor called out "Somebody help me" as he ran to a side aisle, the gunman following, Melton said. He grabbed the gunman by the waist and pushed him against a wall. The man raised his arm, now holding a knife, and stabbed Melton in the chest. Melton was treated later for a wound about an inch deep, he said.
The gunman crawled under a pew, where other men quickly held him down. During the struggle, the State's Attorney's Office said, the man stabbed parishioner Terry Bullard and then stabbed himself in the neck.
Bullard, 39, and the suspect remained in serious condition at St. Louis University Hospital on Monday night, spokeswoman Laura Keller said.
Autopsy results showed Winters was hit with one bullet that went through his heart, Madison County coroner Steve Nonn said Monday.
Smith said police found at least 30 rounds of ammunition on Sedlacek.
On Monday, churchgoers and employees celebrated the memory of the popular preacher. Another pastor at First Baptist, Mark Jones, said he received more than 1,000 e-mails of support.
Winters had expanded the church over 21 years from a few dozen members to 1,500. His life's work was spreading the word of God, Jones said.
"He died doing exactly what he believed passionately about."
Contributing: Janice Lloyd; The Associated Press
Can Lyme Disease Lead to Insanity, Violent Tendencies?
Monday, March 09, 2009
By Karlie Pouliot
Can Lyme disease lead to violence, even murder?
This question has come up twice in the past month. First in the case of Travis, the chimpanzee, which mauled a woman in Connecticut. It was reported that he was suffering from the tick-borne illness and that it was either the disease itself or the medication he was taking that caused the chimp, once a star of TV commercials, to snap.
And now, the disease is being blamed for causing the mental illness of a man accused of gunning down a pastor Sunday at a suburban Illinois church.
Police did not release the gunman's name, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late Sunday that he is 27-year-old Terry Joe Sedlacek. Sedlacek?s mother said Lyme disease attacked her son?s brain and caused the psychosis that caused him to kill the pastor and wound two others. FOX News could not immediately confirm the report.
Sedlacek was reportedly taking several medications to combat Lyme disease and seizures, which nearly killed him in 2003, the paper reported.
Although the disease has been associated with mental illness, the link between Lyme disease and violence is largely unproven, said one doctor.
?Chronic Lyme disease can be associated with seizures, depression, anxiety and even psychosis has been reported,? said Dr. Marc Siegel, an internist and FOX News Channel contributor.
?It?s possible, but the problem is, something being reported doesn?t always mean it?s the cause. For example, someone may have psychosis or seizures ? but Lyme disease may not be the cause ? so you have to be really careful.?
The fact is that Lyme disease is very tricky.
?Determining whether Lyme disease is the cause of a related factor is the art of medicine," Siegel said. ?It?s not an automatic ? it depends on the case.?
Siegel told FOXNews.com that he would actually like to see the medical records of Sedlacekto to see if psychosis is even a possibility.
?It would depend on if the person has chronic Lyme disease,? he said. ?You would have to look at medical records to see when he was treated and diagnosed and to see if this is even a possibility. The key question here is whether this guy ever received proper treatment early on.?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which normally lives in mice, squirrels, deer and other small animals. It is transmitted among these animals ? and to humans ? through the bites of certain species of ticks.
Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York all have high rates of Lyme disease. The culprit in the Northeast is the deer tick. In the Pacific coast, the disease is spread by the western-black legged tick.
Signs and Symptoms:
? A very pronounced round, red rash that spreads at the site of the bite
? Flu-like symptoms
? Sore muscles and joints
If you have early-stage Lyme disease, oral antibiotics such as doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil are most often prescribed. According to the National Institutes of Health, studies have shown that most patients can be cured within a few weeks of taking these drugs.
But if it goes untreated, Lyme disease can lead to serious health problems.
According to the Mayo Clinic, those problems include:
? Chronic joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), particularly of the knee
? Neurological symptoms, such as facial palsy and neuropathy
? Cognitive defects, such as impaired memory
? Heart rhythm irregularities
? Memory loss
? Difficulty concentrating
? Changes in mood or sleep habits
Click here to find out how you can avoid getting bitten by a tick.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.