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Old 05-16-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Please, please take this seriously!

We are getting reports that the tick, flea and mosquito population is heavier this year than in the last few years.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Encephalitis are serious diseases and you do not want your family members to end up w/ any of them.

Use spray with DEET every time you go outside, use flea and tick products for your animals and dump out standing water (to discourage mosquito larvae f/ hatching).

Here is info on the various diseases. They are not uncommon in this region. Please take precaution.

Signs, Symptoms | CDC Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be very difficult to diagnose in its early stages, even by experienced physicians who are familiar with the disease.

Patients infected with R. rickettsii generally visit a physician in the first week of their illness, following an incubation period of about 5-10 days after a tick bite. The early clinical presentation of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is nonspecific and may resemble a variety of other infectious and non-infectious diseases.

The classic triad of findings for this disease are fever, rash, and history of tick bite. However, this combination is not always detected when the patient initially presents for care.

DVBID: Symptoms | CDC Lyme Disease

The Lyme disease bacterium can infect several parts of the body, producing different symptoms at different times. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms can occur with other diseases as well. If you believe you may have Lyme disease, it is important that you consult your health care provider for proper diagnosis.

The first sign of infection is usually a circular rash called erythema migrans or EM. This rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected persons and begins at the site of a tick bite after a delay of 3-30 days. A distinctive feature of the rash is that it gradually expands over a period of several days, reaching up to 12 inches (30 cm) across. The center of the rash may clear as it enlarges, resulting in a bull's-eye appearance. It may be warm but is not usually painful. Some patients develop additional EM lesions in other areas of the body after several days. Patients also experience symptoms of fatigue, chills, fever, headache, and muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, these may be the only symptoms of infection.

Arboviruses

In North Carolina, there are three main arboviruses that are transmitted to both people and animals by various types of mosquitoes:

West Nile virus (WNV)
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
La Crosse encephalitis (LAC)
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:18 AM
 
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Ugh. I'm sorry, I know you mean well by this, but I've just had enough. I've spent all my disease panic on the recent swine nonsense and just don't have anything left to give to other Diseases I'll Likely Not Get. I'm just not gonna live like that. If that means I die like this, so be it.

Again, I don't direct this at you, anifani821 -- I appreciate how much you bring to the table here, but just.... ugh. I've had it with the endless disease-scaring.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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Ugh. I'm sorry, I know you mean well by this, but I've just had enough. I've spent all my disease panic on the recent swine nonsense and just don't have anything left to give to other Diseases I'll Likely Not Get. I'm just not gonna live like that. If that means I die like this, so be it.

Again, I don't direct this at you, anifani821 -- I appreciate how much you bring to the table here, but just.... ugh. I've had it with the endless disease-scaring.
LOL - Timm, I totally understand.

The good thing about this is . . . just use a good bug repellent, keep your furkids up to date w/ good flea and tick meds . . . and most likely, everyone will be fine.

This is something you can PREVENT - wh/ is not the same as w/ the flu. However, people need to be reminded - especially newcomers - to get that bug spray and keep their animals protected. Also, check your kids for ticks when they come in from play in the evenings.

So this is not like an epidemic - you can do a few easy things to prevent getting these illnesses.
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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thanks Ani on the deet reminder.

I'll tell you one think Fireants suck big time. They are such stinkers
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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thanks Ani on the deet reminder.

I'll tell you one think Fireants suck big time. They are such stinkers
And painful bites! I don't think they carry a disease, tho - they just HURT!!!!
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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great post, ani...

as you know, my shih tzu contracted rocky mountain spotted fever (rickettsia) in november 2007 and then AGAIN in november 2008. the first time, this tick-borne illness almost killed him... the second time it just made him very ill.

he also contracted cat scratch fever (bartonella henselae), another tick-borne illness, in the summer of 2008. again, a sick little boy.

during this whole period, he was on frontline flea/tick protection, and i checked him physically after every walk for ticks and fleas.

for those who don't want to think about these illnesses, i understand, it is overwhelming to go through life constantly thinking about what COULD happen.

but i will tell you first-hand, if you or one of your pets contract a tick-borne illness, you will rue the day it happened.

for instance, with barnaby, the first time he contracted RMSF, he became ill in november and wasn't properly diagnosed until the end of january. that's three months of him vomiting almost every day, having diarrhea, not eating, dropping weight, and and in general feeling like a truck had hit him (that's how humans describe feeling sick with RMSF).

by the end of that time, he was so weak and lethargic that he couldn't even get out of bed to throw up, he'd just lift his head and throw up on his front feet.

the vets ran test after test and couldn't find anything wrong with him, until finally we were able to get an appointment with a vet specialist. that doctor first thought he had megaesophagus, then suggested that he had cancer and performed a fine needle apiration (biopsy).

i spent three days thinking barnaby had cancer.

(i won't even mention the costs associated with these tests.)

then, those tests came back inconclusive, and the vet spec ran a tick titer panel.

i don't really think i can tell you here my response when that tick titer panel came back positive for RMSF, and i realized barnaby wasn't dying.

so, imo, any precaution you can take, you should try to take... it could save you a world of trouble... not to mention all the money it could save you!
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:24 PM
 
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My dad contracted Lyme Disease and it took a long time to manage his illness. One of my neighbors got encephalitis and a cousin got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It can happen. These are serious illnesses. Just take a few minutes to spray yourself and your children . . . be sure to check for ticks when animals and kids come in f/ being outdoors . . . and protect your animals w/ flea and tick control.

Even if you do these things, you can still end up w/ a tick in your hair! So check heads when you bathe the kids every evening and don't forget to check your own head!

These are just commonsense things we all should do as part of our daily routine. Even if you are careful, of course, things can happen. My dad was always so careful and he is not even sure when he was bitten and contracted Lyme Disease. It can happen even if you are careful. But you will hopefully nearly eliminate the possibility of contracting an illness if you use spray and take care of your animals.

Barndog - I hope your sweet Barnaby is back to good health now. Just like our children, our pets can develop horrible illnesses - and it is not always easy to diagnose this stuff.
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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Just treat your lawn with a good granular pesticide to control fleas and ticks and spray with a microencapsulated pesticide to control mosquitoes.
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail near S. Charlotte
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My dad contracted Lyme Disease and it took a long time to manage his illness. One of my neighbors got encephalitis and a cousin got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It can happen. These are serious illnesses. Just take a few minutes to spray yourself and your children . . . be sure to check for ticks when animals and kids come in f/ being outdoors . . . and protect your animals w/ flea and tick control.

Even if you do these things, you can still end up w/ a tick in your hair! So check heads when you bathe the kids every evening and don't forget to check your own head!

These are just commonsense things we all should do as part of our daily routine. Even if you are careful, of course, things can happen. My dad was always so careful and he is not even sure when he was bitten and contracted Lyme Disease. It can happen even if you are careful. But you will hopefully nearly eliminate the possibility of contracting an illness if you use spray and take care of your animals.

Barndog - I hope your sweet Barnaby is back to good health now. Just like our children, our pets can develop horrible illnesses - and it is not always easy to diagnose this stuff.
Yuck, I thought I left this behind in Massachusetts!

Once the EEE took hold there, it was hard to eradicate. They monitored mosquitoes for several years in a row and at least 3 people in our county died the last summer we were there. Then they started finding dead crows with the West Nile virus. We stopped sitting outside at dusk on the deck! When I moved here, I insisted on a screened in porch. But I will give the kitties their doses, and I'll buy a can of bug spray in case we do some outside concerts this summer.

Thanks for the warning.
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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Just treat your lawn with a good granular pesticide to control fleas and ticks and spray with a microencapsulated pesticide to control mosquitoes.
Ohhhhh - excellent advice, Bugguy!!! Is this something we can buy ourselves at Lowes? Is it okay for our pets and kids to be out in the grass if we use this? Can you give us more info? This sounds like a great idea - just wanna know if there are any safety tips that go along w/ spreading the pesticides.
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