Lyme Disease Spreading...

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    Jul 04, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    This was an interesting article from NPR about the increasing alarming rate of lyme disease spreading in the North East and Mid-Atlantic states, but also other states...so guys for those of you hiking, camping, or any other activity protect yourself this Summer.

    An estimated 30,000 cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. were reported in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/01/146211699/tick-tally-reveals-lyme-disease-risk
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    Jul 04, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    Technically, the zombies should accumulate in the large cities before spreading to the forest regions.
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    Jul 04, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    I notice that the maps show no disease north of the border. (Just like the weather on american TV stops at the borders). Lucky Canadians. Interesting that Wisconsin is overrun. Like the northeast, too damn many deer (deer ticks carry the disease). Wisconsin needs to bring back the wolf, to eliminate a lot of those tasty Bambis.
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    Jul 04, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    I grew up in New Jersey and as a kid we always had to be aware and on the look out for ticks. They gave us special classes and presentations on it a few times in elementry school because it was so common. Luckily I never got it. I did meet several people while I lived there that did have it so it was around.
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    Jul 04, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    WhyWhySee saidActually, thanks for the reminder. I was hiking in shorts in Sunday and never thought of this, because we don't have ticks where I am from.


    Unless you actually tape your pants to your boots, shorts are better. You can pick them off when they're crawling up your legs. Otherwise, they just crawl up inside your pant legs and you have to strip to get them off.
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    Jul 04, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    When I've been working fence line, or been anywhere near the swamp during the season, I take off every stitch and shake everything out before proceeding. There are always. Always. two or three crawling around on me.

    If you didn't find them, that means they're still there.
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    Jul 04, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidI notice that the maps show no disease north of the border. (Just like the weather on american TV stops at the borders). Lucky Canadians. Interesting that Wisconsin is overrun. Like the northeast, too damn many deer (deer ticks carry the disease). Wisconsin needs to bring back the wolf, to eliminate a lot of those tasty Bambis.


    Actually, I listened to the broadcasts and they were mentioning that Canada now has the same issue, even Manitoba is experience issues. You are correct, unfortunately deer are the main carriers, but even birds carry them and hence why it has also spread. They also mentioned the correlation they have seen but not study data to support it yet, that the elimination of the red fox in some parts has also seen an increase - since they tend to eat rodents that also carry them.

    Even in California we are experiencing this and have been careful when going out camping, but is noted that fence lizard is a born anti-lyme disease since its abundant in the West an has an acting protein within their systems which kills the disease in its tract. Therefore, the inability for it to spread. Now if we can just find a way to harness the lizard protein as an immunity agent in humans.
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    Jul 04, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    AeroNalex saidTechnically, the zombies should accumulate in the large cities before spreading to the forest regions.
    They already did.
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/miami-face-eating-attack-lasted-18-agonizing-minutes/story?id=16458696#.T_S1y_Xhd0I

    Now they're spreading.