Swedish scientists identified a new tick-borne illness in a total of eight patients worldwide after a 77-year-old man underwent recurrent waxing and waning symptoms for a year. The disease is caused by the bacterium Neoehrlichia mikurensis, first identified in ticks and rats in Japan in 2004, and causes diarrhea, fever and deep vein thrombosis, but can be treated with appropriate antibiotics.

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