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    Exclamation Pa. Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

    Advisory: For those that slept on the outer circumferences of the Fairgrounds..be advised ..I'm hearing reports of rashes, flu like symptoms,etc. from some of our local club members..other than from food poisoning.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease

    This disease is nasty..get checked if early symptoms occur. If you know someone that attended but is not on the MOA forum please pass this along.

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    +10. Lyme disease is Very nasty and little understood once it advances past the initial infection, which can be treated with antibiotics. After that it attacks the neurological system, with symptoms all over the place and no good treatment. One initial symptom is a red ring around the bite area, but that doesn't manifest in all cases. Many doctors outside of NE are not familiar with it. If you suspect anything, get it looked at immediately!
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    Are you refering to the area outside the fence where the registration tent was ?
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    Areas where deer congregate late evenings, early mornings and where they usually lie down for the evening..most likely areas where the grass/brush hasn't been cut..also those paths that led down to Fishing Creek.

    The deer ticks them selves are hard to see..about the size of a pin head..Lyme disease is a very nasty long term neurological disease if not treated.

    This should have been posted somewhere at the Rally..that you all are in a highly populated deer area with known Lyme disease..enough said

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    I concur with Clay. Just to be on the safe side some local physicians will recommend antibiotics even if testing results state negative for lyme disease.

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    We roast and bake them for 4 days, then send them home with a disease. What more can you expect in a host or stint in the service?

    Just teasing the locals.........

    But, seriously, get it checked out if you feel ill. There's no need to suffer from a curable disease.
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    yes the deer ticks are small but if you get one and don't know it (as is typical) the *bite* will form into a welled-up, nasty *circle* and will be (or should be) pretty obvious.
    get thee to a doctor ASAP and begin treatments, because Lyme Disease is a long, painful and protracted illness. it's ALWAYS much better if one begins treatment sooner rather than later. MUCH better.

    while i agree that this could have been mentioned, since the deer ticks are SO small it is really difficult to know you have one on you, UNTIL the bite mark appears, and of course by then you have it. i would be somewhat amazed to find that a group of people who might camp regularly wouldn't already be somewhat aware of the possibility of ticks in an area such as the one we were just at.

    here's a couple helpful links describing symptoms and providing info:

    http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/lyme-disease-symptoms/

    http://www.medicinenet.com/lyme_dise...ow/article.htm

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lym...CTION=symptoms

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    yes the deer ticks are small but if you get one and don't know it (as is typical) the *bite* will form into a welled-up, nasty *circle* and will be (or should be) pretty obvious.
    get thee to a doctor ASAP and begin treatments, because Lyme Disease is a long, painful and protracted illness. it's ALWAYS much better if one begins treatment sooner rather than later. MUCH better.

    while i agree that this could have been mentioned, since the deer ticks are SO small it is really difficult to know you have one on you, UNTIL the bite mark appears, and of course by then you have it. i would be somewhat amazed to find that a group of people who might camp regularly wouldn't already be somewhat aware of the possibility of ticks in an area such as the one we were just at.

    here's a couple helpful links describing symptoms and providing info:

    http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/lyme-disease-symptoms/

    http://www.medicinenet.com/lyme_dise...ow/article.htm

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lym...CTION=symptoms
    Just to be accurate, it is only contracted in a minority of bites, some sites putting it a around 1% others simply stating it as in a minority of bites and the tick has to be attached for at least a 24 hour period. So just because you got bitten does not mean you will get it. Certainly if you were or feel some of the symptoms get it checked but don't assume that a bite invariably leads to being infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman View Post
    Just to be accurate, it is only contracted in a minority of bites, some sites putting it a around 1% others simply stating it as in a minority of bites and the tick has to be attached for at least a 24 hour period. So just because you got bitten does not mean you will get it. Certainly if you were or feel some of the symptoms get it checked but don't assume that a bite invariably leads to being infected.

    RM
    rock solid info and excellent point.
    sorry to overstate the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    We roast and bake them for 4 days, then send them home with a disease. What more can you expect in a host or stint in the service?
    you forgot flame-broiled......

    perhaps those flame cars were a service to burn off the ticks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    rock solid info and excellent point.
    sorry to overstate the thing.
    Ha ha! Just don't want folks to go panicking! Oddly enough I came down with a sinus infection the day after returning and when I saw this post I thought "Oh Sh*t!" so I did some additional research on it and looked for any red welts (didn't find any, thank dog) and I am going to mention it to my doc when I see him today, just to be safe!

    hey, its all good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    Hey I'm not a doctor(thank dog) but I take my dog(dog) to the vet and she gets a limes desese shot when she gets her other dog(dog) shots.
    Is'nt there a shot for people to combat this problem??
    No longer...

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/lyme/default.htm

    ..unless policy has changed recently. As I recall it was a series of (3) shots given over several weeks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
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    perhaps those flame cars were a service to burn off the ticks?
    Dang, if I knew that, Idda turned around too.

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    IMPORTANT, May not be Lyme Disease

    All, please take note, you may have Babesiosis. The incidence of this has risen in the Northeast substantially. With Lyme disease there is a telltale ring around the bite, not with Babesiosis. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/babesio...veillance.html
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