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New illness tied to ticks that carry Lyme disease

Researchers have discovered a new human disease in the Northeast transmitted by the same common deer tick that can infect people with Lyme disease.

The bacterial illness causes flu-like symptoms, researchers from Tufts, Yale, and other insti­tutions reported Wednesday, but they also described the case of an 80-year-old woman who became confused and withdrawn, lost weight, and ­developed hearing difficulty and a wobbly gait. The woman, from New Jersey, recovered ­after receiving antibiotics.

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