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  • There's A Strange Disease That Makes You Allergic To Meat — And It's Spreading

    08/18/2014 7:41:22 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies
    BI - Popular Science ^ | 8-18-2014 | Loren Grush
    Loren Grush, Popular Science August 18, 2014The Lone Star tick. Mike Abley will always remember the last hamburger he ever ate. It was more than 20 years ago, and he recalls the meat being particularly juicy and delicious. But a few hours after dinner, Abley started itching like mad. He burst into hives, his tongue swelled, and he eventually passed out, prompting his wife to call 911. At the hospital, doctors determined he had gone into anaphylactic shock—a potentially deadly allergic reaction. Fortunately, Abley pulled through, and he later met with an allergist to determine what had caused the terrifying...
  • Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer

    06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 6-16-2014 | Ted Siefer
    Ted SieferJune 16, 2014 Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday. Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said. "The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease...
  • Oklahoma: Man dies after acquiring Heartland virus

    05/27/2014 8:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 7:10 PM EDT | Tim Talley
    An Oklahoma man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, making him the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness, state health officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Health released few details but said the man was from Delaware County in northeast Oklahoma, was over the age of 65 and died recently from complications of the virus, which is found in the lone star tick and is likely spread through tick bites. The virus was first identified in 2009, in Missouri. …
  • More ticks with Lyme disease found in urban areas

    04/17/2014 5:05:14 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 24 replies
    WBNG ^ | April 18, 2014 12:01 GMT | Matt Porter
    Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Standing just feet from a cement trail leading to Binghamton University's East Gym, biologist Ralph Garruto demonstrated how he has found ticks hiding in plain sight. "If you have a picnic table out over there, under a tree like that or just off to the edge, ticks are in this kind of leaf litter," Garruto said. Garruto has been studying tick behavior since the pests arrived in Broome County en masse six years ago. Through his research, he's found more ticks living around building and in man-made environments than in the deep woods. Recently, after testing...
  • Rare meat allergy linked to ticks found in kids

    03/13/2013 1:01:35 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Some children living in the U.S. Southeast have a rare meat allergy linked to tick bites, according to a new study. Bites from ticks, usually lone star ticks, cause the body to become allergic to a protein called alpha-gal — which also happens to be found in some mammals, including cows, pigs and sheep, the researchers said. When people who have been bitten develop this allergy, and then eat meat from these animals, they can experience hives, swelling, or more rarely, a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
  • New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers (Ticks)

    08/29/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    My Health News Daily ^ | 8-29-2012 | Rachael Rettner
    New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers Aug 29, 2012 5:00 PM ET Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff WriterTwo men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn't improve after being treated with antibiotics. Further tests revealed their blood contained a...
  • Tick, Tick, Tick

    05/02/2012 11:39:35 PM PDT · by Bellflower · 84 replies
    Self | 5/3/12 | self
    Where I live and grew up there was hardly a tick to be found. We children played and played in weeds and woods and never had or saw one tick on us. Not anymore. The ticks are ramped. We love to hike and be outdoors, but of course, hate the ticks. Even hiking on a short grassy path almost two months ago you could see them crawling up your shoes and legs. They really are creepy and they are also know to pass any number of rather nasty diseases. So my question is, do any of you have any remedies...
  • Ticks on a snake [excellent metaphor material]

    02/08/2012 8:02:30 PM PST · by krb · 31 replies
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  • Any tips for getting rid of ticks on wooded property? (Vanity)

    11/10/2011 9:40:38 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 72 replies
    11/10/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Does anyone have recommendations for treating heavily wooded property for ticks? My one-year-old basset hound (Sophie) is an indoor dog, but she has free access to a little over an acre of heavily wooded property. (300+ oaks and pecans.) I've tried every treatment I can find to put on Sophie to prevent ticks, but I'm still finding them on her once every few days. She sleeps on my daughter's bed, so I'm worried about a tick dropping off in the bed. She's a lemon basset hound so the ticks are easy to see unless they're really small. Is there anything...
  • When ticks transmit dangerous pathogens (Local antibiotic therapy stops Lyme disease)

    09/15/2011 9:00:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies
    LMU Munich ^ | September 15, 2011 | Unknown
    > Although the early symptoms of the illness are quite mild, if left untreated, it can result in serious damage to the skin, the joints, the heart and the nervous system, and effective therapy becomes very difficult. A team of researchers led by the veterinary bacteriologist Professor Reinhard Straubinger at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) München has now shown, in an animal model, that application of a gel containing the antibiotic azithromycin to the site of the bite rapidly terminates the infection. The efficacy of this local antibiotic therapy for the treatment of borreliosis in humans is now being tested in a...
  • Tick-Borne Parasite Infecting Blood Supply: CDC

    09/06/2011 3:47:08 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/5/2011 | Julie Steenhuysen
    A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said on Monday. There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood.
  • Under-the-radar tick diseases spreading across the U.S.

    03/13/2011 3:13:15 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 29 replies
    msnbc ^ | Maryn McKenna
    "In fact, babesiosis is one of a raft of under-the-radar tick diseases spreading across the United States. "We've seen pretty dramatic increases," says Jennifer McQuiston, an epidemiology team leader in the vector-borne disease division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta." Disease ridden illegals will only serve to EXACERBATE the problem.
  • EXCLUSIVE : Rare virus poses new threat to troops

    11/06/2009 4:06:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 24 replies · 1,334+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com ^ | November 6, 2009 | By Sara A. Carter
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan SNIPPET: "Dr. Jim Radike, an expert in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the Role 3 Trauma Hospital at Kandahar Air Field, told The Washington Times that Sgt. Robert David Gordon, 22, from River Falls, Ala., died Sept. 16 from what turned out to be Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever after he was bitten by a tick. The virus is transmitted by infected blood and can be carried by ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
  • Israel's Mitam is a tick's green nemesis

    10/19/2008 1:26:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 517+ views
    Israel 21c ^ | October 12th, 2008 | Karin Kloosterman
    Israel's Mitam is a tick's green nemesis By Karin Kloosterman October 12, 2008 Send to a Friend Printer Friendly View Who doesn't love bringing our favorite furry friends into the house - even to curl up on the bed? But the freeloading ticks Rover brings under the covers with him are a nuisance and a health hazard, causing Lyme disease in North America, and a host of other ailments. While chemical solutions can control ticks, the cost is adverse health effects to humans, animals and the environment. Now, an Israeli company Mitam has developed a chemical-free, environmentally safe anti-tick spray...
  • Ranchers say wall could keep infested cattle out[South Texas border fence]

    04/08/2008 7:13:43 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 63+ views
    Rio Grande Valley Bureau ^ | 04/07/2008 | Lynn Brezosky
    ROMA — Texas border cattlemen have a message for Homeland Security officials grappling with publicity nightmares over the Rio Grande Valley segment of the border fence: Bring it west, to their ranches. That way, the fence can deter not only undocumented immigrants and drug smugglers but also the dreaded fever tick. "For the whole cattle industry, it would be great," fourth-generation rancher Hector Guerra said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 102-year-old fever-tick eradication program saves the country's livestock industry an estimated $1 billion annually in potential losses from the disease that the ticks spread. Border ranchers are working feverishly to...
  • [South Texas:]Dozens of nilgai antelope killed to stop tick spread

    04/08/2007 4:19:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 407+ views
    Valley Morning Star/AP ^ | April 7, 2007 | LYNN BREZOSKY
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas — South Texas ranchers brought nilgai antelope from a California zoo decades ago, when it became fashionable to stock their sprawling acreage with exotic quarry. These days the species native to India and Pakistan are not so much a rarity in South Texas as a nuisance. For cattle ranchers they are a possible nemesis, threatening to spread a deadly tick to their herds. Federal wildlife officials say they are competing with native Rio Grande Valley species for food and trampling the brush they are trying so hard to preserve. The fast-running, 600-pound antelope have wandered all around the...
  • Insect Sex

    10/10/2005 11:41:06 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 6 replies · 491+ views
    Awesome Animals More Weird Mating Habits: The longest-lasting copulation, according to University of Arizona biologist John Alcock (interviewed for an August Knight Ridder story), is that of the lowly "stick insect" (of the phasmida family), which goes on for several months at a time, even though, he said, it is "not clear this is welcome to the female." The male attaches himself to the female's back, which allows her to continue with her daily routine during the mating, while also discouraging competitor males. According to other biologists, some ticks spend up to eight hours on what resembles foreplay, and butterflies,...
  • Government cowboys run down tiny varmints

    09/11/2005 3:30:17 PM PDT · by Archidamus · 14 replies · 492+ views
    Washington Post via HoustonChronicle.com ^ | Sept. 10, 2005 | SYLVIA MORENO
    Riders work to keep cattle fever ticks confined to a quarantine zone LAREDO - This federal employee works along a treacherous stretch of high Rio Grande riverbank known as No Man's Land. His work uniform: leather chaps, sturdy Wranglers, high-top bullhide boots and silver spurs. His tools: a .357-caliber revolver, a lariat, a machete, a walkie-talkie and his beloved brown-and-white Appaloosa, Payaso. snip It's hard and lonely work in unforgiving terrain. The cowboys live away from their families in remote shacks four to five nights a week. They ride solo six or seven hours daily in 100-plus-degree temperatures, cutting trails...
  • The Claim: Remove a Tick From Your Skin by Burning It

    07/04/2005 9:56:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,001+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2005 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    <p>THE FACTS Ever notice a tiny speck on your skin and then discover that what looked like a piece of dirt was actually a tick? For most people, that moment is about the only time exposing an arm or a leg to an open flame can seem like a good idea.</p>
  • Shoo-fly, don't bother tourists

    02/13/2005 1:57:30 PM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 413+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2005 | Eric Heyl
    Only in Pennsylvania would insect control stand a chance of becoming a significant issue in a gubernatorial campaign. Many political observers believe Republican state Sen. Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County will emerge as Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell's GOP challenger next year. Piccola's insect-related criticism of the proposed 2005-06 state budget that Rendell unveiled Wednesday leaves little doubt that he will seek the office. Piccola blasted Rendell over the planned elimination of the Department of Environmental Protection's $4.4 million black-fly control and suppression program. He strongly opposes ending state-financed spraying to reduce the summertime population of black flies -- more commonly...
  • CA: Clock ticks on funds for Bay Bridge

    08/05/2004 8:38:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/5/04 | Mike Adamick
    With a $2.5 billion overrun on the new span and only about $140 million left in the bank, the Bay Bridge project is in danger of running out of money before a solution to the funding gap is found. Caltrans was expected to brief the California Transportation Commission today on the span --now estimated to cost $5.1 billion, according to a draft Caltrans budget document -- but agency spokesman David Anderson said Wednesday the status report has been postponed until next month. That has put the link between Oakland and San Francisco in legislative limbo. Legislators are waiting for Caltrans...