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Old 05-31-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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I've heard that Lyme Disease is an epidemic in Block Island.
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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[SIZE=3]Lyme Disease Risk Map of Block Island[/SIZE]

Try this....
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island (Splash!)
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This is a great question to be asking if you are visiting this part of the country.

The area in and around Long Island Sound is the absolute epicenter of Lyme Disease in the US, the next big endemic area being Minnesota-Wisconsin.

No one could tell you the odds and it's pointless to think about it that way. Anyone living in or visiting the area (which includes all of RI, by the way) should at least educate themselves about the disease and proper "tick protocol".

One key consideration is that a tick needs to have been embedded in your skin and slurping away at your blood supply for at least 24-72 hours before you will be infected with any of the 5 or so diseases ticks carry (borrelia or Lyme Disease, erlichiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, mycoplasma, and bartonella).

You WILL NOT notice when the tick bites you as it injects a saliva which instantly numbs the area.

1. Check yourself over (preferably while in your "birthday suit") for ticks after venturing around in any bushy/grassy/overgrown areas.

2. Take a HOT shower every day. Better yet take a HOT bath every day. (Hell, it feels good!)

The internet is a wonderful resource to learn all about ticks, associated diseases, and especially the Borrelia spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Borrelia is nothing to scoff at. It is the most evolved, specialized, and unique bacteria known to man. Lyme Disease is quite treatable and curable if diagnosed quickly by a competent physician. When diagnosis is lengthily delayed or there is a misdiagnosis, the prognosis is infinitely worse, and victims can very easily become permanently disabled and in a "world of hurt" like you wouldn't even believe....
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island (Splash!)
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Well I slept on this overnight and I have decided I am willing to lay odds on the contraction of Lyme Disease in the Northeast.

ODDS IF SOMEONE IS IGNORANT OF LYME DISEASE AND FOLLOWS NO BASIC PRECAUTIONS:

Block Island & anywhere on Long Island: 1 in 30 chance

Anywhere else in New England, New York and Pennsylvania: 1 in 45 chance

ODDS IF SOMEONE IS REGULARLY AND CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWING VERY BASIC SIMPLE TICK/LYME PRECAUTIONS:

1 in 200 chance
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island (Splash!)
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FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NEW ENGLAND:

Probably the number #1 precaution you can take aside from daily self-inspection is as follows:

YOU DO NOT EVER, EVER (and I mean EVER) LET ANY PETS SLEEP OR SIT ON YOUR BED (or even let them in your bedroom).

Pets should have their own sleeping area and should be discouraged from lounging around on couches, sofas, etc.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Rhode Island (Splash!)
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I would like to point out, if you are not exposed to ticks, your chance of contracting Lyme Disease is 0%, whether you are on Block Island or standing on the Moon.

For example, if you vacation on Block Island and only travel over pavement, rocks, or that gorgeous beach sand, and sleep in a charming Bed & Breakfast, it's highly unlikely you would contract Lyme Disease....
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:22 AM
 
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You can get Lyme disease just about anywhere in the world. Many overlook the fact that ticks carry other illnesses on top of Lyme. Babesia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Ehrlichiosis are a few of what doctors overlook when treating infectious diseases such as these. Lyme disease can become chronic if not treated right away. There needs to be more information on Lyme because it's become a silent epidemic!
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Pod,

I don't know how you arrived at your statistics but the RI Dept of Health has only 177 reported cases of Lyme disease for 2007- the last stats I can find.

What's the math on one million people in the state and 177 more or less cases? I get 1 chance in 5600 more or less if that's right. The DH doesn't indicate how many were contracted on Block Island specifically.

But don't get me wrong. I'm not minimizing the threat of Lyme and believe everyone should be very careful not to get it- I certainly try not to- generally avoiding going into woods or high grass w/o adequate bug protection.

I do believe the docs are required to report it- is it underreported? Don't know but maybe someone else knows the exact rule on that.

Reported Cases of Selected Diseases, 2002-2006 (http://www.health.state.ri.us/disease/communicable/diseasedata.php - broken link)
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:09 PM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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I believe that according to the Rhode Island CDC, 60% of the time, you contract Lyme Disease every time. It's science.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Huh?
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