Re: New tick-borne virus to screen.
Although I do think its a good idea to point out that not everything is MS; I also think its a good time to remind everyone that MS is diagnosed by ruling out all other diseases. There is no definitive MS protocol for diagnosing MS and the McDonald criteria is only used as a guideline to begin procedures for testing. To date I know of several MSers who were dx with MS by following the McDonald criteria, only to find out they had not had MS to begin with; but Chiari Malformation and/ or Lymes Disease.
The Heartland Tick has only been known to cause two deaths at this time. This would not be a standard illness to rule out in most parts of the country; however it IS worth speaking to a doctor about if you are having any of the symptoms or live in the Heartland area and are at higher risk for tick bites.