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NY Outdoors blog reader Kathy shared her experience:
“I believe I contracted Lyme Disease in March. After ruling out other possibilities and when symptoms did not improve, I kept searching for answers.  I just finished a second round of antibiotics and have been feeling better.  It was thanks to ILADS that I was educated enough to persist when my primary physician prescribed the wrong medication and then I later found the wrong dosage.  I found another doctor who used to live in Connecticut and was familiar with proper Lyme disease protocol who then prescribed again.  I know antibiotics aren’t great for the system, so think it’s important for us to educate ourselves to get the best treatment asap, also not to rely on testing as accurate testing is not available at this time.”

Kathy recommends we visit http://www.ilads.org to learn about Lyme Disease. The web site has thorough educational pdf. brochures to printout for patients and physicians  regarding prescribing recommendations.  Very useful tools. Also,  watch the movie Under Our Skin (available through Netflix). Both provide info on Lyme and other diseases spread by ticks that is not readily known by most outdoor lovers or physicians.

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byDave Henderson, Ithaca journal, link to original post

According to the Center for Disease Control, New York has long been the national capital of Lyme disease. But for many years the only cases diagnosed locally came when a pet was infected elsewhere and traveled here.

Judging by the reaction I received from recently published warnings of above-average infestations of disease-bearing ticks this year, most folks still think Lyme disease is not a local problem. They are definitely mistaken.

There have been, over the last five years or so, an increasing number of cases where Lyme disease was diagnosed locally and determined to have been contacted locally. Yup, right here in River (or Lake) City.

An informal group of local veterinarians have been tracking the disease and warning patients and anyone else who’ll listen. The data is not formally quantified because there is currently no full-proof diagnostic tool for Lyme and not everyone locally tests regularly for it, anyhow.

But the aforementioned group of concerned doctors does test regularly. Doctor William Wilhelm, who lives in Tioga County and runs the Endicott Animal Hospital in Broome County, says the group has found alarming numbers of positive cases – as high as 10 percent of dogs tested proved to be positive in some offices.

The word should be out. This is the prime season for tick infestation and its subsequent infections. Check yourself and your pets and have your vet check them regularly.

Ticks are most active at this time of year because they are in their nymph stage and their small size allows them to hook on and feed unnoticed for a longer period of time.

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance suggests wearing a hat, long sleeves and avoiding shorts and tucking shirt tails into pants and pant legs into boots when spending time outdoors to reduce the amount of skin exposed to ticks. Ticks are easier to spot on light-colored clothing.

It also suggests treating clothing with Permethrin, an insecticide that repels and kills ticks. An EPA-approved insect repellent should be applied to exposed skin, and stay in the center of woodland trails while avoiding deer paths altogether.

Again, check for ticks on you and/or your pets as soon as you get indoors and don’t delay showering. Bathing as soon as possible will help remove unattached ticks.

Remove your clothes and put them in the dryer at high heat for about 30 minutes to kill any ticks.

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Deer Tick Disease Makes a Comeback: Babesiosis (with video)

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I mentioned one pet peeve I have the other day – people labeling driving routes as trails, such as wine trails, Seaway Trail, etc. The word “trail” should be reserved for non-motorized pathways. Now, here comes my other pet peeve – people teaching us to be afraid of the outdoors.

This one flared up when the book “The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” hit the bookstore shelves. I thought it was an awful idea for a book  … and then it was on the media everywhere and it sold rings around my books. OK, so a bad idea gets publicity. Still, I feel we moderns live in a cocoon isolated from nature and to teach people that nature is harmful is just plain wrong.

So, with that in mind, here’s what hits my in-basket the other day:

It was a press release for a new book that went on to say ” There are UNSEEN HAZARDS in forests and fields that threaten those who enjoy hunting, camping, and hiking.  Pathogens commonly found in wildlife can inflict unspeakable suffering and even death.  Rabies, Tetanus (Lockjaw), Tularemia (Rabbit Fever), Brusellosis (Undulant Fever), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Borrelia (Lyme Disease), are six of the most virulent microorganisms lurking in nature’s  hidden world patiently waiting for an opportunity to infect the unsuspecting and unprepared.  But knowledge and simple protective measures can shield even the most vulnerable.”

“Jerry Genesio has written an 86-page book containing vital information about these perilous pathogens.  Each is described with symptoms, treatment, history, carriers, geographical risk areas, and significant incidence reports.  The book also contains advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, on how to avoid vectors such as ticks, and how to properly remove ticks.

UNSEEN HAZARDS That Threaten Hunters, Campers, and Hikers: What you should know about pathogens commonly found in wildlife, ISBN 978-1448605118, is available for $7.95 plus shipping and handling. It can be ordered online through Amazon.com, Amazon’s Kindle Store ($4.95), or at https://www.createspace.com/3387093.”

So, there you have it – more to be afraid of out there. I bet it will sell like hotcakes!

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