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Old 08-14-2015, 11:48 PM
 
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It should, though its uncertain if the immunity is lifelong or just for a period of time, the vast majority of those infected with West Nile show no symptoms, much similar to Valley Fever.

Out here in Phoenix, most people have traces of a previous Valley Fever infection, and sometimes when they move to far flung areas that aren't familiar with it, the lung nodules that can be left behind as a result of infection are sometimes mistaken as a sign of lung cancer.
I've had valley fever as well. One of the best radiologists in the country told me that if you live here long enough, you will have those spots on your lungs. He has them as well.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Pacific Beach/San Diego
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I caught West Nile here in Vegas after getting eaten up by some Mosquitos. I wasn't quite sick enough to be hospitized, but it was still pretty awful. The health district confirmed that there were West Nile infected Mosquitos in my area at the time. Body aches, fever, delerium, etc. Good times.

I'm hoping that exposure makes me immune in the future because I'm not interested in catching it again. We don't have a lot of ticks or Mosquitos here, but we have some, and if you are are an outdoorsy type, I highly suggest proper clothing and a bunch of Avons skin so soft.
I caught West Nile back when I was living in Rhode Island. Over a 95 degree Fourth of July, I had a temperature of 104 and was wearing four blankets. It wasn't fun, but I'd take West Nile (at least if I'm between the ages of 8-78) over any tick diseases 100 times out of 100.
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Old 08-15-2015, 05:29 AM
 
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Not sure why it took them so long to test for it. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is endemic to Oklahoma and usually comes with a telltale rash as one of the first symptoms. The disease can easily be fatal if it appropriate treatment doesn't start within 4 or 5 days of the onset of symptoms.

What happened to this woman is horrible but she easily could be dead right now.
I'll take death over no arms or legs...I MIGHT be able to handle the loss of one but definitely not 4.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I'll take death over no arms or legs...I MIGHT be able to handle the loss of one but definitely not 4.

When I saw this on the news, I had exactly the same thoughts as you. I would simply tell them to let me die. This is horrible and almost beyond belief. But no joke, I would not want to live.

Don
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Old 08-15-2015, 09:55 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I"m reading this and thinking of the 30 ticks or so that I picked off this summer. Interesting thing though--I live in Missouri, the tickiest state in the union but we have almost no lyme disease and very little RMSF. If we did have these things, we'd really be in trouble.
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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I"m reading this and thinking of the 30 ticks or so that I picked off this summer. Interesting thing though--I live in Missouri, the tickiest state in the union but we have almost no lyme disease and very little RMSF. If we did have these things, we'd really be in trouble.
I wouldn't take it too lightly. Many more diseases ticks carry that they can pass on to humans besides lyme and RMSF:

Tickborne Diseases of the United States | Ticks | CDC

Specifically, the heartland virus is in your parts plus several others on this list. And many of these things are spreading rapidly throughout the US. Was a time Lyme was only in very specific areas.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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So we can screw up our own food supply with chemicals, but we can't figure out how to eradicate ticks. I live in New England which is a hotbed for lyme, and many doctors still believe it doesn't exist unless, possibly, you have a bullseye rash. Science is amazing
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:11 PM
 
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When I saw this on the news, I had exactly the same thoughts as you. I would simply tell them to let me die. This is horrible and almost beyond belief. But no joke, I would not want to live.

Don
They wouldn't let you make that decision as far as I know. The right to life crowd has a problem with the death with dignity movement. As soon as you fell unconscious, unless you had a living will in a state that honors it, they'd have no choice.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: la la land
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I had Lyme disease in the 80's and I was so sick, I kept going back to the doc and was repeatedly told it was a virus and there was nothing they could do. I knew it was more serious, I felt like I was going to die. It got so bad that my joints were affected and I couldn't fully close my mouth, or operate the clutch on my car. A friend of mine took one look at me and drove me to the hospital where a doctor finally spent the time to examine me and I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and treated me with antibiotics. I still have some residual arthritis and a heart murmur from it, but nothing I can't deal with.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:13 AM
 
Location: la la land
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I've had valley fever as well. One of the best radiologists in the country told me that if you live here long enough, you will have those spots on your lungs. He has them as well.
They are moving thousands inmates with a high risk of becoming ill from Valley Fever out of Central Valley prisons in California, California spends $5M to screen inmates for valley fever | 89.3 KPCC
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