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Re: Hikers: What to do about the dreaded Tick?
« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2017, 02:37:59 PM »
Oh oops just saw your link. Disregard.

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Re: Hikers: What to do about the dreaded Tick?
« Reply #51 on: May 24, 2017, 03:26:48 PM »
I missed my chance to get the lyme vaccine when it was available, which I regret. Fortunately, they are starting FDA trials on a new vaccine from Europe. Likely still years away, though.

http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2017/01/fda-gives-green-light-to-test-lyme-disease-vaccine-on-humans/

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Re: Hikers: What to do about the dreaded Tick?
« Reply #52 on: May 24, 2017, 03:42:39 PM »
Meh, just pull them off when you notice them. The tick has to be on for quite some time to transmit Lyme disease. Just make sure to check your kids after they play outside.

That's what I do; just pull them off. But he "quite some time" is'nt as long as some people think ~36 hours they say


That is outdated advice, unfortunately.  It is true for Lyme disease, but there has been a surge over the past couple of years in a second disease, a virus called Powassan.  So far it's mostly in the northeast, but like Lyme it is expanding.  Transmission time is as low as 15 minutes, and so far around 10% of the cases have been fatal.  50% who survive it end up with impairments.

Totally almost shat my pants and vowed to never leave my house again, so caveating that the CDC reports, "Approximately 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years." On the rise, but not yet at epidemic or likely proportions.

But shit, y'all. Nature so scary.
So it has surged to.....75 cases? I don't think that I'd be too worried about this. Sounds like you have just as good a chance of being mauled by a grizzly bear.

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Re: Hikers: What to do about the dreaded Tick?
« Reply #53 on: May 24, 2017, 04:05:19 PM »
Meh, just pull them off when you notice them. The tick has to be on for quite some time to transmit Lyme disease. Just make sure to check your kids after they play outside.

That's what I do; just pull them off. But he "quite some time" is'nt as long as some people think ~36 hours they say


That is outdated advice, unfortunately.  It is true for Lyme disease, but there has been a surge over the past couple of years in a second disease, a virus called Powassan.  So far it's mostly in the northeast, but like Lyme it is expanding.  Transmission time is as low as 15 minutes, and so far around 10% of the cases have been fatal.  50% who survive it end up with impairments.

Totally almost shat my pants and vowed to never leave my house again, so caveating that the CDC reports, "Approximately 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years." On the rise, but not yet at epidemic or likely proportions.

But shit, y'all. Nature so scary.
So it has surged to.....75 cases? I don't think that I'd be too worried about this. Sounds like you have just as good a chance of being mauled by a grizzly bear.

If you think POW is scary -- remember that the worst thing that can happen to you is death.  There is now a tick borne alpha-gal allergy.  IT MAKES YOU ALLERGIC TO RED MEAT!  (No bacon!  A fate worse than death.)