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Looks like their has been another 'breakout disease' from Montauk? I wonder where patient 1 will be from. Very eerily similar to the Lyme disease's beginnings and perhaps from the same alleged 'source' since disease transfer by way of ticks was under research there just before the release in Lyme County (hence: Lyme Disease) was reported. This one though has NO treatment and is quite often DEADLY!

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Doctors Say Tick Borne ‘Powassan Virus’ Is Worse Than Lyme Disease
April 8, 2015 11:35 PM

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/04/08/d...e-disease/

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus.

As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn’t have a treatment or a cure.

“The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained.

Dr. Cameron is the President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He said that if bitten by an infected tick you can get the virus within a matter of minutes, and while the symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, they are more severe.

“You can get seizures, high fevers, stiff neck. It comes on so suddenly that it’s the kind of thing people go to the emergency room for,” he explained.

Researchers with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station said the Powassan virus is starting to show up in Bridgeport and Branford.

“I couldn’t imagine having something worse than this. It sounds really awful,” Lyme disease patient Jennifer Cirigliano said.

Cirigliano was diagnosed with Lyme disease 2-years-ago. The 15-year-old said it’s been a long road of recovery.

“I was getting scared that there could be seriously something wrong,” she said.

Now, with this emerging tick borne illness, doctors say be on the lookout.

“Be more vigilant about checking. I can’t stay indoors. Summer is the time to be outside,” one woman said.

Doctors said there are ways you can protect yourself. The suggested wearing pants and long sleeves outside, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, checking for ticks, and wearing bug spray.
As a former patient of Lyme Disease, one who continued to manifest symptoms after the initial course of antibiotics, I am alarmed about this.

Part of the problem is the huge number of deer. Game management policies focus on keeping a high number of deer, even in suburban areas. Many years ago, seeing a deer was a relative rarity, a pleasant surprise. Now they are exceedingly common, especially in states where hunting is a major industry.

They wreak havoc on local flora (including rare wildflowers), they destroy gardens (eating both ornamental plants and vegetables), and, being overpopulated, they breed diseases that can be transmitted to humans through deer ticks and other vectors. We really need to get shooting those deer, and the meat should be inspected and distributed to the needy.
Oh, that's just great! :eyeroll: :eyeroll: :eyeroll:
(04-10-2015, 12:00 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]As a former patient of Lyme Disease, one who continued to manifest symptoms after the initial course of antibiotics, I am alarmed about this.

Part of the problem is the huge number of deer. Game management policies focus on keeping a high number of deer, even in suburban areas. Many years ago, seeing a deer was a relative rarity, a pleasant surprise. Now they are exceedingly common, especially in states where hunting is a major industry.

They wreak havoc on local flora (including rare wildflowers), they destroy gardens (eating both ornamental plants and vegetables), and, being overpopulated, they breed diseases that can be transmitted to humans through deer ticks and other vectors. We really need to get shooting those deer, and the meat should be inspected and distributed to the needy.

You're absolutely right about the explosion of the deer population and how they've become a huge pest in many areas.  But, we really only have ourselves to blame.  We've pretty much eliminated any natural predators of deer and we don't hunt them enough ourselves.  So...they multiply accordingly.  But, I guess that's "meat" for a different discussion  :grin:.

(04-19-2015, 02:17 PM)J Michael Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-10-2015, 12:00 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]As a former patient of Lyme Disease, one who continued to manifest symptoms after the initial course of antibiotics, I am alarmed about this.

Part of the problem is the huge number of deer. Game management policies focus on keeping a high number of deer, even in suburban areas. Many years ago, seeing a deer was a relative rarity, a pleasant surprise. Now they are exceedingly common, especially in states where hunting is a major industry.

They wreak havoc on local flora (including rare wildflowers), they destroy gardens (eating both ornamental plants and vegetables), and, being overpopulated, they breed diseases that can be transmitted to humans through deer ticks and other vectors. We really need to get shooting those deer, and the meat should be inspected and distributed to the needy.

You're absolutely right about the explosion of the deer population and how they've become a huge pest in many areas.  But, we really only have ourselves to blame.  We've pretty much eliminated any natural predators of deer and we don't hunt them enough ourselves.  So...they multiply accordingly.  But, I guess that's "meat" for a different discussion  :grin:.

So there's an abundance of deer meat waiting to be hunted? Sounds like a great way to beat the recession to me.
(04-19-2015, 02:48 PM)Dirigible Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-19-2015, 02:17 PM)J Michael Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-10-2015, 12:00 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]As a former patient of Lyme Disease, one who continued to manifest symptoms after the initial course of antibiotics, I am alarmed about this.

Part of the problem is the huge number of deer. Game management policies focus on keeping a high number of deer, even in suburban areas. Many years ago, seeing a deer was a relative rarity, a pleasant surprise. Now they are exceedingly common, especially in states where hunting is a major industry.

They wreak havoc on local flora (including rare wildflowers), they destroy gardens (eating both ornamental plants and vegetables), and, being overpopulated, they breed diseases that can be transmitted to humans through deer ticks and other vectors. We really need to get shooting those deer, and the meat should be inspected and distributed to the needy.

You're absolutely right about the explosion of the deer population and how they've become a huge pest in many areas.  But, we really only have ourselves to blame.  We've pretty much eliminated any natural predators of deer and we don't hunt them enough ourselves.  So...they multiply accordingly.  But, I guess that's "meat" for a different discussion  :grin:.

So there's an abundance of deer meat waiting to be hunted? Sounds like a great way to beat the recession to me.

Indeed it is! Good lean, non-chemically contaminated (depending on the enviornment) protein that tastes similar to goat or kid.

One thing that has recently been imported to us in Florida is the Button Tick. Lovely Yankee fellow from Connecticut and caries the Lyme Disease bug with him. I've got a few here and just pulled one off tonight. Nasty fellows these. They're so small you can't feel them until they get you. They can crawl around on you until they find a good place. Mine was my foot and at the base of a toe. Big, hard blisters, just from a non-bloody bite. Blisters were serous fluid filled.

Deer sure have their share of ticks too. Always have to check my dogs for them, they hide on their fur well.

Livin' in the country has its 'aspects'. :grin:
(04-19-2015, 05:12 PM)Zedta Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-19-2015, 02:48 PM)Dirigible Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-19-2015, 02:17 PM)J Michael Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-10-2015, 12:00 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]As a former patient of Lyme Disease, one who continued to manifest symptoms after the initial course of antibiotics, I am alarmed about this.

Part of the problem is the huge number of deer. Game management policies focus on keeping a high number of deer, even in suburban areas. Many years ago, seeing a deer was a relative rarity, a pleasant surprise. Now they are exceedingly common, especially in states where hunting is a major industry.

They wreak havoc on local flora (including rare wildflowers), they destroy gardens (eating both ornamental plants and vegetables), and, being overpopulated, they breed diseases that can be transmitted to humans through deer ticks and other vectors. We really need to get shooting those deer, and the meat should be inspected and distributed to the needy.

You're absolutely right about the explosion of the deer population and how they've become a huge pest in many areas.  But, we really only have ourselves to blame.  We've pretty much eliminated any natural predators of deer and we don't hunt them enough ourselves.  So...they multiply accordingly.  But, I guess that's "meat" for a different discussion  :grin:.

So there's an abundance of deer meat waiting to be hunted? Sounds like a great way to beat the recession to me.

Indeed it is! Good lean, non-chemically contaminated (depending on the enviornment) protein that tastes similar to goat or kid.

One thing that has recently been imported to us in Florida is the Button Tick. Lovely Yankee fellow from Connecticut and caries the Lyme Disease bug with him. I've got a few here and just pulled one off tonight. Nasty fellows these. They're so small you can't feel them until they get you. They can crawl around on you until they find a good place. Mine was my foot and at the base of a toe. Big, hard blisters, just from a non-bloody bite. Blisters were serous fluid filled.

Deer sure have their share of ticks too. Always have to check my dogs for them, they hide on their fur well.

Livin' in the country has its 'aspects'. :grin:

You don't even need to live deep in the country to be afflicted with deer tics and other tics and vermin that transmit Lyme disease.  Back yards in cities and suburbs host them, too.

As for deer as a cheap alternative to other meats, that's all well and good if a) you can hunt, b) you have the means to hunt (either firearms or bow and arrow and are good enough to use them well), c) can haul the deer to your vehicle, d) have an appropriate vehicle to haul it to, e) know how to skin and butcher them or know someone who'll do it for you, f) have a big enough freezer(s) to store the meat in, g) like the taste of venison (quite a few folks don't).  Hunting seasons for deer tend to be relatively short in many places, too, thereby further limiting how many you can kill.  Okay, so there is hunting out of season...but you'd better not get caught! :)