Lyme Disease: A Pandemic

Sen. Chuck Schumer during a press conference at Central Park on Sunday

Sen. Chuck Schumer during a press conference at Central Park on Sunday

Many experts are recommending the newer generation of oral flea/tick preventatives over the topical preventatives because they are extremely effective and kill the ticks faster - before they have a chance to transmit disease (they do still need to bite to receive the drug).

What do Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Alpha-gal beef allergy, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis all have in common?

Just because a tick is found crawling or even if it's attached itself to a host body, it doesn't mean the individual will develop a disease.

There is also a vaccine for Lyme in dogs that may be considered for dogs with a lifestyle that may put them at high tick exposure, despite good flea/tick prevention. Students will learn how to identify ticks, the procedures for safe removal, and the best practices for protection from ticks. Research is trying to keep up, but we shouldn't be surprised to hear new information every year. "Those aren't the ticks that actually carry Lyme disease", she said.

The photo has raised concerns about the proliferation of ticks across Newfoundland and Labrador, and the possibility of humans contracting Lyme disease. In this state, the primary vector responsible for transmitting the disease is the western-blacklegged tick, or Ixodes pacificus.

"Ticks seem to attach where clothing is tighter - around the waist band - or in skin folds or more protected areas - underarms, groin area, behind the knee, nape of the neck", Townsend said. If any of the mouth parts remain in the skin, try removing them with tweezers. The opportunity for associations to reaffirm their willingness to see the disease better taken care of, as testified by Matthias Lacoste, president of the association Right to Cure, himself victim of the disease.

Many infected individuals notice a red rash called an erythema migrans, the technical name for a bull's-eye rash, around a tick bite site within days or weeks of the bite. However one in three people won't develop a rash at all.

However, people don't always see the rash, as it may be in an unnoticeable area.

Warning of a Tick Explosion This Summer
Warning of an Increase in Ticks This Summer in NY

The initial illness may cause fatigue, fever, headache, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.

Although a course of antibiotics usually eradicate it, diagnosis and early treatment of this stealth disease are often delayed. Infected individuals also could experience memory problems. It was initially described in a patient in Powassan, Ontario fifty years ago. Left untreated, it can have serious complications such as chronic joint inflammation, neurological symptoms, cognitive defects and irregular heart rhythm.

And it is "tick season". Dr. Rupp says that is most common along the east coast from ME to Virginia and in the Great Lakes region but there are several other illnesses that are a concern right here in Nebraska.

"That's the common rabbit tick".

The bacterial illness causes flu-like symptoms, which typically appear a week or two after a tick bite. However the medical community is divided over whether chronic Lyme disease exits - something that is frustrating for sufferers who describe their symptoms as all too real. "From the saliva glands they can literally be spat into the bloodstream that the tick is feeding on", Sellati says. Consult your veterinarian to determine which tick-preventive products are best for your dog.

Q. 12 reasons to take ticks seriously?

Editor's Note: Healthy Paws is a column sponsored and written by the owners of Clarendon Animal Care, a full-service, general practice veterinary clinic and victor of a 2017 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award.

The province has been testing ticks found on pets and farm animals since 2007. "Some tick species can even recognize a shadow and can pick a place by identifying well-used paths".

Universities with Qatar campuses monitor diplomatic chaos
Both Iran and the global Muslim Brotherhood are involved in plots to try and overthrow the Gulf monarchies. We have been trying to deal wisely with this.

Latest News