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Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Illnesses with Dr. Sean Beckmann
"They we are talking about a subject that affects a lot of people and that is lime disease and we have assistant professor of biology. Dr Shawn Beckmann back on the show with us and if you remember he spoke with us in a previous episode about the corona virus. And today Dr. Beckmann is going to share some insights about lyme disease. Dr Beckmann can you tell me a little bit about yourself and watch you do sure? So I'm a biologist down here at Stetson University in Land Florida My obviously my main focus down here is teaching. But my research focuses on a tick-borne hagins so there are these various different bacteria or viruses that are transmitted by ticks. People we know about things like lyme disease for example And my main interest is in. Where did these come from? What are the organisms that carry these Different pathogens that ultimately Gets THEM FROM IT? And the tick can transmit them on from there. Ah Cry well we had you on before talking about the corona virus. And you mentioned you know what you do at your work and I thought Oh. Wow I know a lot of people who are going to want to ask you questions about tick borne diseases in boy was I right so in my group hope lively I ask you know who who has a question for Dr Beckmann and I was overwhelmed with all the questions they had for you so I'm just going to start at the top and we'll try to see how many questions we can get through So the first question People WanNa know is where do people get lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever? Okay so we've got a kind of two different sides of the same coin here. Both lining disease and rocky mountain spotted. Fever are bacterial diseases They're both caused by bacterial pathogens. And they're both spread by tics. But we get different ticks. That spread each kitties. So lime disease. Which is what. My research primarily focuses on is caused by the Bacteria Brilliant Bergdorf Ri- which is a bacteria that is transmitted in the eastern United States by the black legged tick and then out west. There's a related take on the other side of the rockies that can transmit it But that bacteria gets basically picked up by the tick from a rodent that it feeds on the carries that particular bacteria so not all rodents have disease in the rodents can't transmit the disease to people. It has to be transmitted by a tick. The tickle feed on one of these rodents we call it a resume war pick it up and then the tick carries that bacteria throughout its life and so whatever it bites in the future it could potentially transmit it to it can transmit it to another rodent and make another reservoir. It can transmit it to a dog it could transmit it to a deer or it could transmit it to a person potentially and that's where people get it from us from a tick. It's previously gotten infected by it. They pick it up when that tick them invites them in the case of lyme. That's the for the most part in the United States. We talk about the black legged tick that can do that. In the case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever that's transmitted by group of kicks called the dog ticks. So you have the American dog tick at the Brown dog tick and then the rocky mountain tick also are all capable of transmitting. That and that belongs to a different group of bacteria called the Recap Zia's And so we're we're catchy. I 'cause why not have a crazy name is that bacteria and that's transmitted by like I said a totally different group protects. Wow Okay so the tick transmits it to a rodent now if the a rodent another tip by sat rodent it it can get the bacteria from that rodent so ultimately to talk a little bit about. I guess the the kind of cycle we call this. The enzootic cycle the cycle within animals And so you imagine a situation where you've got a road that carries this bacteria and by and large the rodent is not affected by. They are kind of the incubator for it. Which is why we call them. The reservoir if a tick bites that rodent the tick then picks up that bacteria it the ticks on affected by the TIG carries it it gets into the gut of the tech and then ultimately it moves from the gut of take into the salivary. Glands of the tech takes only feed a couple of times in their life once during their first life stage there amid stage once during the second stage they're laurel life stage and once during their adult stage so if a tick nymph bites an infected rodent. Yeah it picks up that bacteria then when it goes to beat again as a larva feeds on another rodent. It's going to create another reservoir. It's GonNa create another road at now. Has that bacteria if Instead by say a dog it could transmit it to a dog. If bites a person it can transmit it to a person and so there's really the first two life stages it could pick up the bacteria and both of those life stages it can transmit it in any life stage later where it's after it's become infected so let's take feeds three times in its life and the first time it picks up the bacteria now it's got two opportunities to spread it if a tick picks it up in a second life stage. It's only got one opportunity. Spread it if it picks it up in its third lifestyle. Jet May be infected. But it's never going to spread it to anything I see so can a dog be a reservoir for the tick dogs and Dogs Endear and humans for that matter or what we call dead end hosts so what that means is we can get infected by the bacteria but it can't be transmitted from us to take to go to something else. Our biology doesn't work really well with it from a transmission perspective. On fortunately for us we are the organisms that can become a affected by that pathogen. So where's the rodents will get the bacteria and they live happy normal lives as far as we know and every research study that has looked at this as an experiment that has looked at this in rodents when they get lime or the bacteria that causes lyme they may get a little inflammation for a little while and then it goes away and they live normally with the bacteria the bacteria evade immune system and just lived normally in there but when it gets into a dog or a deer or a human doesn't do that with our immune systems will initially eventually recognize it would become symptomatic and we get an illness as a result of it And WanNa talk more about that later but Can you be infected by these ticks anywhere or just in these particular areas geographically? Great question and it's a question that leads to a lot of confusion because is particularly at all focus on line because that that is my area of expertise. I know about the others. But that's my primary area when we think of line we think of one if not two places in the US we think of the northeastern United States your your mid Atlantic and northeastern states. I A lime disease is named after a lyme Connecticut where it was I found. That's where we find a lot of it. We also get a big focus of lime in the upper mid Western. Us particularly Wisconsin and Minnesota but lime is found in all fifty states. It has been diagnosed in all fifty states including Hawaii and Alaska. Now does that mean. There's lots of Lyme disease in Alaska. Probably not there's probably not in Hawaii either. Those are probably people that went somewhere else. Acquired it and then went home and got diagnosed with it at home. But within the contiguous United States within the forty eight states Within the United States proper lime has been identified in all of them identified all of them on a regular basis. Even if it's at a low incidence so you don't have to be bitten by a tick in New York for example to get lime disease if you buy tick in Florida and that kick is carrying brilliant door fry. It has a potential to pass it to you and so even though there's areas in the US really prevalent it is found throughout the entire.
Research into Bourbon virus using strain from Missouri woman
"Two years after Missouri park employees died from complications from the bourbon virus. Researchers are using a strain of the virus taken from her to research how to treat the tick-borne disease. Meramec state park assistant superintendent to Mela Wilson died June twenty seventeenth after being bitten by an infected tick near her home outside Sullivan. The Washington Missourian reports of Washington University. Dr is using lab, mice infected. With the bourbon virus to research a possible
Dr David Egas, CBS And Kentucky discussed on KRLD News, Weather and Traffic
"Their new concerns about rare types of tick borne diseases after two cases of serious tick borne virus. In jersey and Kentucky. Dr David Egas talked about that on CBS this morning, so it is growing, and, you know, with sixty thousand cases about a year ago of tick point diseases, and that's how many were actually reported the real number is probably over three hundred thousand takes her parasites. They jump onto a mouse Iraq or a squirrel, and the viruses, and bacteria that live inside of them. They draw their blood and then in their life cycle. They'll bite us and they can transmit these diseases to us. Why are we seeing more cases now David? Well, the weather's changing climate is changing, and they're more mice. They're more food for the ticks as well as the ticks. So as reforestation happens as climate change happens different areas of the country's getting more of these, what's the best way to remove a tick, if you find it, and if you then have a desire to torture that tick that make you about. I am not here to give ethical comic. Your. Straight tweezers pull straight out and put the tick in alcohol the quicker, you remove at the better because it takes time before it can objects his, saliva, you in the saliva. What's is what contains the bacteria and the virus? So where your pants tucked into your socks have someone check you which can be kind of fun after a hike and look all over, you make sure the no ticks, take showers. Quickest possible that you can do David to actually avoid tick bites. Yes. Stay with Gail indoors. That in the middle of a trail. David, no, fair. Sometimes I like to go on. Hi. Leave. You think are the disease is treatable smarty PS. So the benefit of being outside the risk of getting one of these diseases bacterial diseases like Lyme disease are treatable. But what we saw northern New Jersey to cases of Powis in virus, which is not treatable and got a ten percent mortality rate. And fifty percent of people who get this fires have permanent. Learn neurologic injury, so tab, someone searching for ticks, and pull them off right afterwards. If you have it and void where. Eat.
Rare tick-borne virus may have killed New Jersey veteran
"Three. A man in Sussex county, New Jersey. They have died from a rare tick-borne disease, health officials confirm to Sussex county residents contracted the police on virus and eight year old man who tested positive for the virus died back in may. Although the exact cause of his death is still to be determined about ten percent of the people who contract, the illness, actually die from it. The other person who is confirmed to have had police on disease recovered at home. The virus is spread through infected deer ticks, the same kind that can spread lime
Why Are Opossums Awesome?
"Today's adulthood. episode is brought to you by smart water twenty years ago. Smart water, reimagined, what water could be from thoughtful bottle designed to supporting smart people who are changing our world through fresh thinking. Like, you smart water has added electrolytes for taste and great tasting water helps you stay hydrated, feeling refreshed and ready to take on your day. Refresh yourself with smart water. Welcome to brain stuff from how stuff works. Hey, bring stuff Lauren Vogel bomb here. If you live in North America, you've probably seen Virginia a possum, classification Delta's Virginia. Ana maybe the unfortunate creature was dead on the road. Or maybe it was very much alive on your porch. Eating garbage in the middle of the night. But in either case, you might have thought. Oh, gross a possum, but you would have been off base on several counts. First of all possums live in Australia, and are also a marsupial, which means they raise their young in a pouch like a kangaroo, but they're completely different species than the animal currently snuggling with a half eaten bag of Doritos at the bottom of curbside trash can in North Carolina, which is correctly. And a possum we spoke with Richard offs. Feld senior scientists at the institute of ecosystem studies in Millbrook New York. He said folks get very confused about this. I've had people tell me triumphantly that they discovered building plans for possum nestboxes, and they planned to install dozens of them to encourage possums to multi. Play on their property. But when I looked at the plans, they were designed for brush tailed possums in Austria completely useless for possums in North America. So with that part settled opossums, aren't that gross? Even if they wouldn't mind taking that moldy pad Thai from the back of your refrigerator off of your hands. They may look a little creepy. What would that long hairless prehensile tail the mouthful of haphazard teeth in the beady eyes, but opossums are the studiously groomed and most likely disease free wildlife heroes of your neighborhood. It's a common misconception possibly prompted by their bumbling swagger that opossums often carry rabies or distemper. In fact, they rarely get these diseases because their body temperature is too low to make them susceptible. Not only do opossums not carry these diseases. The presence of an apostle in your yard is your best bet for combating lime disease. A two thousand nine study explored whether black legged ticks the disease vector for Lyme disease might be regulated by wildlife that they parasite ties of fifteen forest welling, mammals and ground. Nesting birds opossums were the only ones to destroy the vast. Already of all of the black legged ticks the tried to feed on them. Over ninety five percent us feld who co-authored. The study said our calculations indicated that a single possum is capable of killing several thousand larval ticks per week during the late summer peak. We also know that of those ticks that do successfully feed on on a possum only small fraction will become infected with the lime disease bacterium so opossums are protective in two ways killing ticks and preventing infection. A study by the same research team published in July of two thousand eighteen in the journal ecology found the tick-borne disease risk was reduced in areas. Where possums were present. For an animal that does more than its fair share of hobbling into traffic and is known for flopping over like a corpse at the merest whiff of danger opossums are perhaps surprisingly intelligent to begin with weak eyesight at a nocturnal nature, both contribute to the fact that you're probably more familiar with the site of a debt possum that alive. One. In addition, their primary defense mechanism playing dead is almost entirely involuntary a reaction to extreme stress that leaves the apartment coma for a few minutes to a couple of hours and a coma at possum can take a beating that would kill other animals their size. This then is a great strategy. If your mortal enemy is a bear. But not so great if it's Toyota. So if for example, your dog corners and a possum one night in the backyard. Don't worry the possum may listen show its teeth attempt to look scary because it's frightened. But the last thing wants is to tangle with your four legged friend, it will invariably lay down and play dead until the threat gets bored and passes opossums are non-aggressive docile creatures far more afraid than they are to be feared, and they're also studiously clean alike. Cats opossums are constantly grooming themselves with their paws and tongue partly in order to make sure they're parasite free. But also keep themselves. Cool. They lack sweat glands. So grooming is like a possum air conditioning. And they do it to keep themselves smelling like well, nothing as we established possums aren't great at protecting themselves in a standoff with a predator. So it behooves them to stay odor. Neutral, part of the reason of possums have the reputation for being smelly has to do with one other defense mechanism the smell of death. A once in a possum goes into its theatrical coma if. Predator continues to mess with it. The apostle may excrete smelling mucous from glands in its anus. This has been to signal. Hey, this possum is definitely dead and possibly so entirely dead that it'll make you sorry, you ate it. Speaking of opossums are really smart about what they eat. Because it turns out they have great memories. Once in a possum tastes, a chemical. That doesn't agree with it. Will remember avoid the smell of it for a year afterwards, though, opossums are immune to some things that would poison other mammals, including most snake venoms possums are biologically fascinating, which led to some confusion among early Europeans in the new world. Their story was the male possum made it through the female opossums snout, which led to her sneezing out her babies into her marsupial pouch. Of course, this is not scientifically accurate, but possums definitely do things a little differently. First of all a male. Possum has a forked penis, but it's not meant for the females nostrils female opossums have double vagina and twin utera possum embryos develop for about thirteen days until they're large enough to migrate down the birth canal and emerge about size of house flies to continue developing in the mother's pouch. Although dozens of them. We'll be born the mother only has thirteen teats. So that's probably how many will be able to survive into
"tick borne disease" Discussed on Here & Now
"Lime disease is now in all fifty states. That's according to Quest Diagnostics, which analyzed six million blood samples, Pennsylvania had the most cases of the tick-borne disease, but it's also becoming more common in places like Florida in California. The bacteria that causes lime can lead to long term problems in the brain, heart and joints. If it goes untreated joining us now is Wendy atoms research grant director for the bay area lime foundation. Her group released its own research last month that shows ticks capable of carrying lime have been found in eighty three new counties across the country. Wendy, welcome to here. Now. Thanks so much for having me. So we have talked about Lyme disease for a long time. But when you look at the map of where Lyme disease is most concentrated in this country, it tends to be in the northeast and in the upper midwest. Now we're hearing about it being in all fifty states. What is your takeaway from that? Well, so I think it's important to talk about the testing in the reporting here. Because while it's been reported in fifty states, it doesn't mean that the bacteria is actually living in the ticks of all those fifty states lime disease is reported where it's diagnosed, but not necessarily where it's contracted. So while we say that it's been diagnosed in fifty states, it's not necessarily in the ticks and all fifty states, meaning that the ticks are being brought there from other states or somebody's getting infected somewhere else. And then they live in those states, and then that's it gets reported as a state with lime disease precisely. So somebody from a state that doesn't have line might go on vacation to California or New York get infected there, but not be diagnosed until they're back in their home state that gets reported than as an infection from a state which may not have lime disease actually in in the ticks in that particular state. So it's an important distinction. But nonetheless, the ticks really are moving their ticks and more counties than we. Thought there were, and there are different pathogens in the ticks than we had expected when we started the study California where you are and Florida each had about five hundred cases of Lyme disease. What do you think's going on? There are those all people that got a bite somewhere else. Now and and I'll speak about California. California's had lime disease living in the ticks for, you know, ever since the late seventies. So we have the first documented cases seen in California, late seventies. So this isn't something new. What we are seeing is a real increase in diagnosis or at least an increase in the the positive tests. And that's really interesting because for example, in two thousand seventeen about five hundred where reported through quest, but only about one hundred sixty were reported to the county health departments that record the infection. So the question really is, are more people getting infected or a more people just getting diagnosed and if more people are getting diagnosed, then how is the rate of diagnosis increasing so rapidly from, you know, the early two thousand and ten when it was only about a hundred cases being reported through quests. I think also important is that quest is, you know, isn't one hundred percent market share in California. So we know that there are probably. Other people testing positive through tests that are not given by questions. Now you as part of your research, asked people to send tick samples to you from all over the country. How did you do that? We did. We did that by basically putting the word out through our website and through other groups that we, we know and what we found is that people were really eager to participate. They had heard so much about ticks. They saw them on themselves and their pets, and they really wanted to help us do the research to find out what's in these techs. And you found that twenty four states have counties where ticks the carry, Lyme were discovered for the first time. What else surprise you about what you're what you found. So I think what surprises that we really saw kicks in places we didn't expect specifically the ticks that have lime disease, but also other ticks. And we found pathogens in the ticks that we didn't expect to see and that hadn't been seen in those numbers before, for example, we saw. Lone Star ticks, which are, you know, the ticks with the characteristic dot on the back. That's thought really to be, you know, an east coast southern tech..
Mitch Englander, LA and Twitter discussed on Gary and Shannon
"Go if they. Have to I guess if we get the order to go We'll get. A few more, things. But the more important things are put away right now firefighters say. This fire's being driven by fuel, such as grass brush and. Some timber a new federal plan would let commercial loggers thin forests north of. LA to prevent wildfires Andrew Madson with the Los Padres national forest says it's an area that's about fifteen different fires in the last twenty years what we have out there now is a lot of dead standing trees that would represent a lot of ready fuels in the event we. Had a new. Wildfire star a conservation group for the area says it's just a political ploy to let commercial logger get around regulations so they can produce more, timber in national forests the man accused of fatally shooting Long Beach fire captain Dave Rosa has died in. Jail the elderly man had been in jail at county USC medical center for pre existing health issue and he was charged with capital murder for allegedly setting off an explosion at a retirement home back in June, then shooting at the responding firefighters LA city councilman. Mitch Englander has unblocked a gun rights group on Twitter that group says it was unable to respond to the tweet from Englander about his proposal to ban ownership of three d. printed. Guns in a letter the group pointed out a federal judge has ordered the president to stop blocking people on Twitter. Englanders office says. That gun group was blocked in. Air or some time in the past, a new study of lab results is found that Lyme disease has spread to all fifty states Quest Diagnostics is four. Hundred eighty three people were diagnosed with the tick-borne, disease. In California last year that's nearly. Triple the number of Lyme disease cases in California just two years earlier Hasbro says it's investigating, claims at some place school crayons tested positive for specis the Krantz were found in thirty six pack sold at, a dollar transit cargo the advocacy. Group that ran the. Tests say those crayons were also sold online And lady Gaga has announced she's got to Las Vegas residency, in the,.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on Ologies
"So, and then this war happened, and then this invention happened instead of putting it all into the perspective. Okay, but what else was going on at the time? And so when I, when I was in this, this lab working on plague, the first thing I did was I ran out and bought a book on the black death, and and I was shocked to learn the extent to which it impacted humanity and still there are like echoes of it today. So understanding how this thing that we think about, we think about these things in little cells like, okay, we put disease over there. We put history over there. We put biology over here and they don't really all interact together. And so I think sort of put. Adding these things in context is where it really became fascinating for me. And so how much of your work and your research and your science communication deals with kind of domestic epidemics verses global ones that we, we haven't quite implemented solutions that we may have implemented in the first world. Dr Welsh says, my research is on tick-borne disease and climate change, and this all takes place in Panama. And so I basically was trying to understand where ticks are, which ticks are infected and why they are where they are when they are, and then throwing in the pathogen into that, okay, let's predict how to borne disease. We'll change in the future. We just have to understand what drives it. Currently. We talk about how a domestic outbreak can or like a small little outbreak of disease can turn into an epidemic and turned into a pandemic, and let's address that run me through what is an epidemic versus a pandemic. Yeah, great question. So an epidemic is essentially just an outbreak of a disease that That is. is outside what is normal for that community. So if you had even a few cases of plague in the US that might be an epidemic, because plague doesn't happen very commonly in the US. Just got to break in here because to the gratefully uninitiated, like. What is plague? I thought maybe it was just a catch all term for some bad shit that kills people, but plague, his actual disease caused by a specific bacterium your siniya pestis pestis a little bit on the nose, but okay. So plague is transmitted through fleas that live on rodents and there are three styles if you will. They're septicemic which infects your blood through a flea bite and is one hundred percent.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on Pet Life Radio
"The best to. Talk to Jeff and so before the break we were just talking to some stories I left you with one thing about and and that is the -squitoes and. Tech borne diseases they posing. A, growing threat listen this is kind of freaky back in two. Thousand and four there were twenty seven thousand three hundred eighty eight cases of some sort of vector-borne ticker mosquito borne disease in red twenty seven thousand three hundred eight in two thousand sixteen ninety six. Thousand seventy five. That is huge that's over three. Times the amount so. It's for Mendes most of these diseases are. Tick borne diseases so you really need, to be, very very. Cautious very aware if you hike, with your pets you. Make. Sure date sure you have some good tick repellents and the mosquito on this are they're seeming more spread out and more like an, epidemic areas said do see a group out, of the blue but it's not as Common. Tick borne diseases and you don't realize everyone hears of things like Lyme disease but but how about or leukemia. All right you know these are some of the other these are all related diseases. And you have to be very very careful so highly recommend is talk through veterinarian and make sure that that if you are spending time in a wooded area. Where they're ticks and you. Should, check yourself don't just take your dogs when you come home. Check yourselves to because that is very very very serious and some of the diseases most disease are very treatable but you had to catch them early so keep that in mind and one last thing. Before we get. To the questions that dogs that. Frequent parks you wanna. Make sure that they are you have to. Add a couple of core vaccines now, to their, typical active. No longer just boarded to tell, a distemper Parwin rabies. If. You live in areas and you frequent agog part think about influenza in fact a lot of the boarding facilities a lot of the, hospital chains now are requiring influenza vaccine for, anyone who dog is Boarding, there and also when you? Want to. Think about, other things like heart worm disease. And another one is let goes grosses even your dog may, not also. Hype dogs frequent dog parks typically also frequent do a lot of hiking in mountains or a lot of streams and leptospirosis is common then is transmitted through the, urine well so when you go to parks as. You know these dogs are being on, everything, and other dogs don't ask the why. They do it they love, to do it Olympic the areas and. They get that little thing. Going so they are usually be reinfected or not reinfect they can infect themselves not, because we're they went but because in. Other dogs at did so the recommendation now if you frequent dog parks not. Only the basic vaccines also add influenza at lepto make sure your dog's really effective veterinary approved flea and tick, products from the. Story we, just had on ticks very very. Important and if you live in an area where there mosquitoes definitely talked your veterinarian but Heart worm prevention as well so I had a, couple of. Questions that we're going to share with you this is from Carroll and Carroll, says I'm trying to find a solution for nighttime yipping whining embarking basically wants to go. Out and, roam takes several. Anti anxiety drugs gabum pens seems to work best I wonder if they're cannabis products interesting question given what we just talked. About, earlier that would help he's driving me crazy I, am so sleep deprived him walk into walls are not ready to put him down talk. About that too please help thank you so, dementia Alzheimer's disease it's one of the. Same the process happens dogs just as it does in people in maybe a genetic component, we see, it a lot more and has dogs. Really sorta advanced. In age they seem to lose, it they lose their environment they don't know where they, are sometimes they wake up and, you can see them staring at a wall in a corner and they appear to, be stuck. They vocalized at night classic example so there are certain supplements that are good, antioxidants A lot of the, brain diets that are being promoted are high. Any oxidants some, of the medications there's one called an uphill it's basically selene and..
Wisconsin reports first death from Rocky Mountain spotted fever
"A l i so i wanna talk about this was often has reported their first rocky mountain spotted fever death and i saw one piece of rocky mount spot fever and they really hit us hard with this and medical school because people can die from it but it's not very common but right now health officials in wisconsin are urging residents to take precautions because the state has now reported its first ever depth to this and it's caused by tics and we are in tick season officials have not named the victim but described her as a woman in her late fifties and she was bit by tick while camping in early may this is a tick borne illness or we're going to tell you about usually transmitted by dog ticks as opposed to lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks and guess rocky mountain spot a fever well we usually see these takes in open areas like abandoned field or prairies and it usually affects central and southeast regions of the us so rocky mountain and maybe near the rocky mountains most tick borne diseases and wisconsin however are transmitted by black league ticks also called deer ticks and deer tics live in wooded areas so symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever include fever rash nausea headache stomach pain and again it could lead to death so use insect repellent stay on trails of would walk it through vegetation wear long sleeves long pants take a shower immediately after time outdoors you know my son was just in new york what's my husband his mom had died and they were they're dead their dad maybe you know selling the house so he went out there to see if there was any memories you know last memories of the house you know that he wanted to have any brought my son and i guess my fatherinlaw lives in a nice of wooded area in upstate new york poughkeepsie and it's really beautiful trees etc and so my younger son said that he was running around and there was a fox so he starts chasing a little fox in the woods and i'm like is that supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing in my husband's looking at me like what is wrong with you you know when we grew up as kids we used to do that i grew up in l a and in phoenix so we didn't really have animals we chase after rattlesnakes crickets and scorpions i mean a fox oh my gosh so i get how my son was excited about the fox but my son ends up stopping because he runs out of breath but here's other breathing next to him and he freaks out because he thinks it was a bear and so he runs back now i don't know what kind of bear run around upstate new york but it didn't sound like a fox's breath it sounded like something bigger and taller than him so he fled and good and i doubt i don't eat i know the alaskan black bears could be pretty dangerous and none of those brown bears on what kind of a bear this was maybe we'll just winnie the pooh who knows so i guess it comes back inside and everybody high fives him or whatever and so i you know i'm at home i hear about all this and i'm like what did you kick them for tex yeah yeah yeah we check them for takes and my husband kind of looks at me when he gets back like i am the biggest weenie and i'm raising a kid to be a weenie let the caveat get into the woods olivia man let let me bernie there's ticks and there's bears and there's fox rabies and there's plague and there's cave disease cave disease yeah there's caves disease tie getting disease and their brock's age so yeah i'm worried about keynes's so my husband and i fight and he's actually in the right don't tell them i don't i don't know i'm gonna prove him wrong even if i'm wrong but i mean he's in the right i mean these kids need to know nature they need to get out there that needs to play the need to whatever i mean they need to learn how to you know build a fire and you know say goodbye to a bear and flake a scorpion off of them they need to learn how to do these things and.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on People's Pharmacy
"Of cross contamination we've heard of people who have reacted to smoke from barbecue which seems czar right and that i think is pretty unusual but we i have heard that somebody did react to that and again i believe that i mean i've been cases where i've seen somebody react to peanuts because somebody opens up a a bag of peanuts and they're you know twenty feet away from them but just aerosolize is some of that in the air if you have high enough allergies as i said manute amounts of the compound can lead to allergic problems nancy has emailed she says i got back from picking blueberries and had to bites on my upper link close to the green there weren't any ticks there so should i assume something else bit me or do ticks just traveled around after they bite so can she make the assumption that it was some other bite or do ticks bite and sometimes disappear so almost certainly this was not a tick by the tickets biting you on a mosquito bites as we all know sits on you for just a few seconds while it takes the blood meal and there's certainly many other insects that by but ticks have to attach and they have to take a blood meal for them we talked about it's a it's a hours today's of taking that blood meal so if in fact you've been checking regularly and you found a couple of bites it was almost certainly a different biting insect than than a tick well speaking of other insects mosquitoes they carry semester things as well fortunately we don't have a lot of malaria in the us at this point but we've heard a lot about zeke virus we've heard that biting flies can transmit something called bartonella what about fleas it seems like these pests are causing a lot of mischief they answer is absolutely right mosquito certainly do cause diseases in the united states the big ones are are are bovis arthropods born which is what a mosquito is there in seth elitest viruses for the most part people certainly familiar with west nile but there's also eastern equine in western equine and saint louis cephalophagus of these normally are mosquito bird cycle in most cases when they sort of run out of enough birds they'll bite horses and others including humans but we're not a normal a host for them and depends on the exact type of encephalitis from very mild like lacrosse which western north carolina leads the country and that particular disease to more severe diseases such as eastern acquainted steph elitest and and west nile certainly other fleas can transmit plague so there are variety of other diseases that can be transmitted them and even simple flies can transmit disease which is why it's i want to hear about that what kind of diseases do flies transmits a fly that went and sat on some stool could pick up seminal and then if it sat on your food while you're leaving it outside at a picnic it could it'll stick to its feet it's not actually inside them it's outside them but if they sit on your watermelon and you i don't wanna think about let's take one last call rick in tampa your suggestion rick hello tyrian joe snack to talk to you guys again i'm calling because the quality of information you have on your shows incredible than recommended too many people calling because by fifteen years ago i got like disease and us it's in from florida the doctor had not seen a case however what he why traveled to which was the upper peninsula michigan minnesota you went to medica medical book and fortunately i got the bull's eye rash that they call it however but i wanted to recommend to the listeners is a couple of excellent tex one is called coping with lime disease in its third addition is by lane and by dr listener who has had extent live publications in various steve's medical journal potato lines disease and the other one is culture known inside the lineup a democ pamela tribe and that took first place in the american medical association book award the one thing i wanna leave readers with is when i was treated for this with the disease specialist way back then he wanted to put me on antibiotics so just a couple of weeks or so and i told him i stood in feel well and so he you know awhile longer and i'm very glad i did that now because one thing.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on People's Pharmacy
"Wasn't approved at children who are at the have higher risks and adults in general and to it wasn't studied to know how long it lasted so really the data only went out about a year and most people don't wanna take vaccine each year but that point that wasn't approved vaccine on fortunately it's been withdrawn from the market and there is no proof acceding adults how well did it work well worked reasonably well into dulce for a one year period of time at least step i'm not getting we we get a flu shot every year so people are familiar with that idea why not get a lime vaccine every year because this diseases nasty it is and i can't tell you exactly why the company decided to withdraw i assume they were not making sufficient amount of money to keep making it but it wasn't jae approved a safe and effective scene ouch speaking of safe ineffectively already talked about the effectiveness of per mathurin however we have several questions from well in fact we've got a call let's just go to d and have ask her question heidi hijo thanks for talking to me i have heard and read about the premise clothing with childlike wonderful idea but with no details i heard not long ago that it can be here seriously harmful if not fatal for house cats and so i'm i'm wondering if you can kind of cover the negative is one of the positive about as soon is per month rin safe for us in our pets so certainly if it's the bonded to the close and you're buying the answer that stays on the clothes and it's perfectly safe of the dog sat on your lap just like it's a safe you or you can't presume your cat presumably if you're using permitted self that is you're buying the chemical spraying it on the clothes would not spray it near children i do it outdoors i would inside while you're doing i should say there is some truth to what the caller just mentioned is that many of the chemicals that we would use to prevent tick bites like some of the others may not be safer cats and really if you want to know how to protect the cat you probably need to talk to your to your veterinarian but i don't believe that permissive treated close or once you've sprayed it and it's right on the clothes would be a problem of the cat all right thank you for that dr webber we hear a lot about doxycycline and the fact that it is the drug of choice for for example rocky mountain spotted fever also for lime disease is it the drug of choice for all of the tick borne diseases the answer in general is the the answer is yes concerns have been raised about using doxycycline two groups of individuals one is children because potential yellowing of the teeth but i will tell you when people have done studies where they take scale of whiteness from white to very yellow that short cost doxycycline five days which is usual treatment quest for many of the tick borne diseases will not clinically yellow children's teeth.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on People's Pharmacy
"Always it's a pleasure to be here today dr webber it seems like they're a lot more diseases transmitted by ticks and when i was a kid i mean many many many years ago it was rocky mountain spotted fever but now we've got what erlich heels is anna plasma moses bobby's llosa's rally does yeah that's lime disease and then there's something called starry and then part nella and palestinian poets san however it's pronounced i mean i've lost count how many diseases are there and how worried should we be so there are now about a dozen diseases described from tex most are lyme disease rocky mount it's about it fee for the most common the others fortunately a much less common but we keep discovering new diseases and i should say a worldwide there are many many more diseases that we don't see in the us at transmitted by ticks as well and the us we should have some worry these can be very serious diseases but we do have a number of things we'll talk about today to prevent people from becoming ill with tick borne diseases well let's just mentioned there was a time when people didn't get that all excited about a tick bite you gotta tick on you so take it off and move on and now people do get pretty excited are they overreacting or does it make sense to be concerned about a tick bite so it does make sense to be concerned fortunately the overwhelming majority of tick bites do not transmit disease and that's either because to tick doesn't contain the organism that could cost the disease or because ticks actually have to feed for minutes two hours to actually transmit disease nevertheless people should minutes i always stays like days no you're talking about minutes well by that at several hours usually at a minimum to a several days to do that so you have plenty of time if you follow a good guidance meaning that once twice a day you check yourself ticks and you remove them you dramatically decrease your revenue say to check for ticks you mean take all your clothes off and look at every part of your body but you can't back your check the backer your back and the backs of your knees you need some help in this e need mirror at least you do so let's start with that first of all you're right when you come in from outside from areas where ticks would be common which say like short grasses so obviously people who garden people who golfing and in the in the rough children playing outside you should come in you should take your clothes off i and then you check yourself particularly areas that ticks light to go they like sort of darker moisture spots so around the hairline under the arms in the groin behind the knees or a particular spot behind the ears and believe it or not the billy button is another spot do chess absolutely your belly button i have had that experience so i i guess i i play golf maybe once every two years whether i need to or not and i am obviously not a very good golfer i'm often searching for balls and you are at risk so they studies would show that if you shoot over eighty and you're in the rough so on the green the ticks enough that's not particularly it's biddable to the text the very short grass they liked the long aggressive though climb up on the grass and then when the animal passes by human but more commonly a dea were a mouse so whatever this specific host is they'll just attached to it they don't jump they don't fly and so if you should over eighty you actually have a higher risk of tick point diseases let me just go back to the close for a second there have been studies that show when you come in from outside if you take a shower you decrease the risk of a lime disease because again the ticks particularly the early form the lymph form is called the seat tick it's about the size of poppy seed so.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on People's Pharmacy
"Which ticks live in your area you might be surprised to learn how many different kinds of ticks there are the lone star tick is migrated from its home in the southeastern us as far north as north dakota what diseases could they transmit when they latch onto your skin care new prevent tick bites how can you recognize a tick borne disease what should you do about it call in your questions or share your story this hour coming up on the people's pharmacy what you should know about ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry first the news in the people's pharmacy hilt headlines millions of americans take multivitamins but a new study suggests that mixed vitamin and mineral formulations are not affective for preventing heart disease the research published in circulation was a meta analysis included more than two million volunteers and eighteen million person years of follow up the analysis found no link between multi vitamin and mineral supplements and death from cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes this should come as no surprise a similar analysis published in the journal of the american college of cardiology last month came to a comparable conclusion a single vitamin full of acid was associated with a slightly lower risk of strokes and heart attacks of course everyone agrees that eating a diet rich and vegetables and fruits is desirable for those who have a hard time following such dietary pattern however a multivitamin is unlikely to do any harm and might make sense pregnant women and people taking medications that deplete the body of essential nutrients may get particular benefit from vitamin supplements many postmenopausal women with breast cancer may receive a rotation hitters such as era medac sore famara these drugs blocked the production of estrogen which can stimulate tumor growth one of the complications of these medications is joint stiffness and pain a new study published in jama compared acupuncture to sham acupuncture and no treatment for this type of pain more than two hundred women participated in the research which lasted for six weeks women who receive true acupuncture had statistically significant reductions in joint pain the improvement was modest and it's unclear how long the benefits would last nonetheless these results suggest that some women may benefit from this low risk intervention fluoroquinolone antibiotics are widely prescribed you may recognize names such as cipro orlova quinn the generic names are ciprofloxacin and leave affleck's a sin they were originally perceived as highly effective and quite safe for range of infections including sinusitis cystitis prostate titus bronchitis and skin infections it took decades to discover that quinlan type antibiotics could cause a number of serious side effects including nerve damage tendon rupture irregular heart rhythms hallucinations and a arctic aneurysms now the food and drug administration has issued new safety warnings the labels will be amended to caution about disturbances in attention disorientation agitation nervousness memory impairment.
Lyme Disease isn’t the Only Tick-Borne Illness to Think About
"In the sun with your family. You grab the sunscreen because you know a sun protection factor or SPF of thirty is going to protect your exposed skin from getting sunburned. But Dr Don Davis. A mayo clinic dermatologist says, most people don't know that skin covered by clothing still can get sunburned. She says, natural clothing without sun protective factors. We'll have an SPF of approximately one to four based on how tight the we've is and how breathable the material is. So it actually does not give you that much some protection, but she says there are special types of clothing that will protect you. The clothing industry has now allowed micro fibers into certain clothes, which then have a UP f. or universal protection factor that's equivalent to the SPF of sunscreen. She says, universal. -tection factor is even calculated the same way SPF is it's the ratio of the number of minutes. You spend outdoors without developing redness to the skin with the clothing on verses without the clothing on. So Dr Davis says, if you can spend fifty minutes outdoors with a piece of clothing before developing mild readiness versus ten minutes without you would have a protective factor of fifty over ten, which is a UP f of five. So the next time you're shopping for clothes, check the tag to see if it lists the items, universal protection factor, and here's some news about some research mayo clinic is doing to help stop a cancer associated with sun exposure melanoma. The most deadly type of skin cancer mayo clinic center for individualized medicine is learning about melanoma at the molecular level to allow for treatment that better targets and individuals disease. That's because not all melanomas are the same every year about ninety thousand people are diagnosed with melanoma. And more than nine thousand people die from the disease in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, the incidents has been rising for the past thirty years, especially among young people. Mayo researchers are working to find better treatments for the mayo clinic news network. I'm Vivian Williams. Welcome back to Mayo Clinic Radio. I'm Dr Tom shy, and I'm Tracy McCray. Well, Tracy, it's tick season, and it's time actually to learn how to stop those suckers according to a new report from the centers for disease control and prevention. Illnesses caused by disease infected ticks mosquitos and fleas have tripled in the US in recent years, lime disease is the most common illness carried by ticks, but it's not the only one. There's an applause, Moses Ehrlich news what and even Rocky Mountain, spotted fever to just name a few. We'll get to the pronunciation of that in just a second must be lik Yosef here to discuss, tick, borne illnesses and how to prevent them and how to pronounce them as mayo clinic microbiologist and parasite expert, Dr. Bobby Pritt, welcome back to the program, Dr it. Thank you. It's great to be here. The doctor sites has that right. He did Arlecchino SIS. Alright. Why in the world? Is there a tripling in the amount of diseases from these suckers. As doctor says, we have more of them that ticks are spreading their spreading their ranges, and that's due to a lot of different factors. Some of it has to do with weather, some of it has to do with human behavior. A lot of it has to do with hosts like all those dear and wrote cetera out there. They are perfect reservoirs for the ticks defeat on. Over the winter. Now they survive over the winter. They can hang out under the leaves, and then come out as soon as the snow melts is lime disease stole the most common tick illness. It is in the country and particularly in the upper midwest and the northeast, some three hundred thousand cases year more than that. But for a couple of generations ago, no, I'd never heard of Lyme disease. Is it because it had not been diagnosed yet or because there wasn't a Lyme disease. At that point, there was some disease, so it had been diagnosed by then, but there wasn't a lot of it. There weren't as many forested areas where our dear used to like to hang out. We used to be more of a farming society. There used to be wider areas that were just open fields for crops. Now we have all these nice wooded areas that the deer just love the rodents just love that's perfect habitat for ticks. And we love to go out into those beautiful green spaces and and our behavior off. Also drives this. We want to go out and go for a hike in the woods, and we should. It's just now we have to be aware that those ticks and the mosquitoes and the fleas are out there and we have to be able to protect ourselves, shall we get from the tick that bit the deer? Yes. Well, actually it's usually the mouse that it gets it from. So the tick is born not infected with Lyme disease, but then when it bites its first mouse or small rodent, it becomes infected. And then in order to change into its next life cycle stage, it needs to take another meal. And that could be from us. What what dear after do you know the deer are actually more of just a blood source there, a food source, the ticks like defeat on dear, but dare themselves actually don't get infected with Lyme disease, the mice. We blame the deer also part of life cycle though for some of the other things like Anna plasmapheresis in our lick Llosa's when it comes to ticks, is that what the problem is or what are, what are other diseases that ticks spread? Well, as you mentioned, Rocky Mountain, spotted fever, Anna plasma, SIS, there's busy. Oh, SIS Bradley, amo- Twi. That's a mouthful. There's also the to Nick new tick borne diseases that we identified here at mayo clinic Bradley, mayo knee. I named after the mayo brothers and also are leaky Muris. So there have been nine new pathogens spread by ticks or mosquitoes. Just identified since two thousand four is one of those the ones that results in allergy to meet. Yes, that's a really odd one. And people get really. Bad ineffective reaction if they eat meat, if they're bitten by a certain type tick, amazing lime disease, the most common one. So let's say that you know you had a tick on your body or you don't. What are the symptoms? What do you look for for lime disease, fever is one and brash. Those are two big ones all the disease that looks like a target for lime disease. It's that so called target white rash. The problem is is not all people have that. It could also be an hard to see areas like if it's on your scalp under your hair or your back, that's why tick checks with a friend or sometimes helpful. Have sunlight look in the spots that you can't easily see, but even if you don't have a towel rash, if you have other symptoms, you should go to your doctor. You could have body aches, muscle aches. Those are the big ones joint pains. And then how if you, if you have those symptoms go to the physician, how do they diagnose it? How do they know if you have lime disease? There's a few tests we do for Lyme disease. We look for antibodies that your body forums is part of its immune response to the organism. So that's called serologic testing. PCR's not a big part of Lyme disease, but we testing, but we do offer it as more of a junked of test for other diseases. We have PCR test. We have Serology. So we have a number of ways in the laboratory that we can detect these tests and they can be pretty definitive. They can, yes. Are there any advances being made in the battle against the ticks? Yeah, it's interesting that you ask that because there's a whole new tick, borne disease working group that was sponsored by the government, which actually on one of the subcommittees working groups, and we are looking at all of those. Things. What are the gaps in our existing technologies? And then what are some of the new technologies that can help fill those gaps? Does a number of different things be looked at? Some will be going through the FDA for approval, but nothing's really here yet. So we're still, unfortunately relying on technology from the nineteen seventies and eighties like serologic testing. Well, in the tricky thing is back in the nineteen seventies, for instance, if you were going to go onto the woods, you didn't think twice, not maybe at the most. You just looked for ticks on your body when you got back, but times have changed. And so before you go into the forest or through a walk in a meadow or whatever the case is, what should we do about these things? Exactly. If you're going to go out into the woods and you think you're going to go off the beaten trail, you need to be applying some sort of tick or insect repellent. We recommend deet anything with thirty percent deter more. There's also a carrot in the Environmental Protection Agency actually has a whole list of all the different options. And there's also permission that. You can spray on clothing. Essentially, the idea is choose what you're going to be using and make sure you do it consistently. You could also do some simple things like tuck your pants into your socks, less bearskin for those ticks grab onto all good. Good thoughts. So you talked to us about the symptoms of Lyme disease. You talk to us about the diagnosis. They'll tell us about treatment, and if it's important to be treated and if you don't get treated or even sometimes if you do the complications. Yes, treatments important. And if you think you have tick borne disease, you definitely want to go to your physician. Some of these diseases are life threatening things like Rocky Mountain, spotted fever. That's life threatening in children in adults. Erlich Yosef can be life threatening. Usually the treatment is a drug called dachsie cycling, even for children with cases of Rocky Mountain, spotted fever. A lot of times we say, don't give certain antibiotics, doxycycline children that is not the case with Rocky Mountain, spotted fever. So usually antibiotic treatment is required. And most cases patients will respond if they're treated early, if they're not treated, early, complications can arise like with lime disease, the disease can disseminate. It can go to your joints. It can go. To your nervous system and that hurt breaking your heart. People have died of lime and Okada's. So it's important to find out if you have it get a definitive diagnosis and be treated and as early on as possible. Exactly. Is it ever too late to undergo treatment? It's less effective. So I wouldn't say it's too late. You'd still wanna go to your doctor and see what your treatment options are, but it may be less effective. All right.
Ticks and Mosquitoes Bringing More Diseases—What Can We Do?
"The summer upon us and people thinking about ticks mosquito borne diseases apparently in the last year or so or at least since twenty fourteen the records have changed substantially senator for disease control says beware of the bugs this summer the report from the agency reveals that diseases transmitted through the bites of blood feeding ticks and blood feeding mosquitoes and blood feeding fleas are a growing public health problem cases of water called vectorborne diseases have tripled nationwide since two thousand four in this stuff started almost one hundred thousand serious cases last year factors driving some of the tick borne diseases people moving into forested areas where these ticks reside as well as rising temperatures that allow the ticks to migrate farther north and that extends the ticks season is well there's also an issue of the increase in the deer population in suburban areas there isn't a time many of you perhaps the same find this as well as i do i can't drive i'm going to farms in a suburban location in the greater boston area and i there isn't a day that goes by the don't go down one of the roads around the pharmacy dear all over anytime it used to be just in the early morning or late in the.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"See the round red rash but it doesn't have the target lesion so they don't think of lyme disease and actually one of our research projects which currently doing with the applied physics lab at johns hopkins is we're actually doing deep learning with computer assisted diagnosis because it looks like actually a computer can read a skin rash lesion more accurately than patients and even some non sophisticated physician so we desperately need to catch slime disease at an early stage from its hallmark sign which is this round red rash if we do it at the early stage than the later stages that our callers are calling about are largely prevented so that's another missed opportunity right now a couple of comments from our website at on radio dot org thinking fifteen rights i was looking forward to going out in my yard and working in my flower bed and patio pots now i'm thinking that i have to slather myself with antitick boys dress up like it's cold out bummer and chicken little writes why not give vaccines for lyme disease my dog gets one john alcott i want to ask you how close are we to a lime disease vaccine so there was a previous lyme disease vaccine that was removed from the market for humans the dog vaccine was not there are several groups now working on human vaccines there in the early to mid phase so progress will be measured i think in years so it's going to be a little while but they are on the way and let's go to mark who's calling from owensboro kentucky mark you're on the air it's good to have you what's on your mind hello anthony i just wanted to bring up a couple of prevention issues that might work for some people they will work for all of them but one of the things that i've learned from some more rural neighbors are getting rid of pigs can be as easy as keeping chickens and guineas and other types of yard foul basically did just a lot of also as far as the fragmented forest.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Estate stating an impactful in a person's life felicia casing i'd like to come to you and sort of expand on a point that dr petersen made in the first segment about what is causing us and he he focused on three things globalization changing our changes in our environment specifically more forestation and the fact that we're not prepared from where you sit are is is that the correct focus as the cdc looking correctly at the causes here i think they've got the the right list i wanna follow up on what dr peterson mentioned about the changing environment because he's he he he pointed out in particular that reforestation is a challenge an an an underlying cause and i would maybe expand on that a little bit to say that the the height of reforestation for most of the east eastern united states has occurred over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries not at this period of time when we're seeing these huge increases what's happening now is not reforestation but forest fragmentation it's the the cutting back of those for us into little tiny pieces and the reason that that's important is that when a forest is cut into little tiny pieces the larger animals that eat rodents disappear or tend to disappear things like fox's for example and it's those rodents as i said before that are primarily responsible for infecting the ticks so what we're seeing is this mutation that leads to an abundance of the very hosts that are most responsible for infecting the ticks what he also pointed out is that people are tending to live in those forests and that's why the forests are becoming fragmented in the first place so you get these forests cut up into little tiny pieces people move into those little pieces and that's exactly where there are lots of host these small rodents that are infecting the ticks with to sort of perfect recipe but it's not the reforestation per se it's what's happened since the reforestation this fragmentation.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Keeps the kills the ticks on the road and host for several weeks and we know that the rodents are actually the most critical player in this whole system for a infecting the ticks tick borne pathogens rodents to work in the interesting let's go to sonya who's calling from wallingford connecticut's on your on the good to have you oh thank you hi anthony my question is very much like the first caller is i i have been tested for lime disease i was diagnosed thirty years ago with lime disease and and heard all this and read this that it you know never really goes away and i've had a lot of inflammatory issues over the years and lots of tests for lyme disease and some the screenings comeback positive the western bloc comes back negative not enough bans and just this past week i just got another test done because i have incredible pain in my neck and down my back in on the it came back positive on the western blot so five bands and yet i just came back from the doctor half an hour ago and they say no we're not saying that you you don't it's not because screaming came back negative so a screening test came back negative that the doctor had ordered a western blot came back five bands it's so confusing so i left there bewildered then like no it's not coming from that you know some neurological problem that you have i'm really sorry i send you so much sympathy for having to deal with this for so long dr arcot what are you here insomnia story so santi presents one of the biggest gaps in our knowledge the current test she's talking about the western blot is an antibody test so antibody chests don't directly detect the bacteria that causes lyme disease they only detect your own immune system's response to the bacteria so those have big limitations because they don't actually tell you if the bacteria is still there so we really need on the research and what are called direct tests that actually detect the nucleic acid or the proteins or some direct molecule.
"tick borne disease" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Follow us on twitter find us on facebook at on point radio i wanted to do so couple of guests who were going to spend the rest of the hour with talking about this issue and taking your questions felicia keesing is a community ecologist who studies tick borne diseases and she's a professor at bard college felicia kissy keesa good to have you thanks for joining us and dr john alcott director of the johns hopkins lime disease clinical research center he's an assistant professor of medicine at the johns hopkins university school of medicine where he is an internist in lyme disease expert john alcott welcome to you it's good to have you yeah hi anthony felicia let me start with you if i can what's your response to this report that we were discussing there in the first segment were you surprised by this report from the cdc i spend a lot of time thinking about tick borne diseases and looking at the number so it's been apparent that the numbers are increasing i it's really interesting to see it all in one place and and to look at the huge number of people who are being affected by these diseases across the country what about you john being in your clinic for example every year we see more cases of lyme disease actually we saw our first case yesterday for the late spring season starting so it started in maryland and that's pretty predictable every year may june the cases start to come in so you've seen your first case and this is when cases start to come in but evidence of this increase that we were talking to dr peterson of the cdc before in the first segment are you seeing that evidence of increases that he was describing and we see increases both around the mid atlantic area but also patients that are referred your center from areas like virginia which is only recently become endemic for large numbers of cases so we see the increase you graphically also from western pennsylvania as it spread from eastern pennsylvania across to the western border so we see those increases geographically as well.
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"So sorry so let's talk a little bit about what's being done to counter this increase who's responsible for the principally for the lines of defense i mean what what's your thinking about this in terms of how to prevent this well i think everyone is responsible for helping deal with these problems certainly if the federal government level or and cdc we're trying to do more research to try and figure out better ways of controlling these takes mosquitoes and fleas were also helping to state health departments and local health departments build their capacities to do surveillance into and to help protect the public universities can help also do research to help figure out better ways to diagnose in control these diseases and everyone can do take measures to help protect themselves from getting bitten by ticks and mosquitoes and fleas so it's really something that everyone needs to be part of for the average person out there listening to this and and hoping that he or she can enjoying enjoy some time in in in the summer sun i mean how do you walk the line between i i assume you don't want to make people panic here but what's sort of the bottom line advice about how to stay safe in the summer well i we want people to go outside and enjoy themselves and we don't want people not exercising i going outside we want people enjoy their life the major thing is is that people can just take some simple measures to protect themselves they just need to do it you know things like wearing insect repellent will greatly help using putting per methuen with on your clothing and your backpack or your your can't or whatever can help keep insects away as well wearing long sleeves shorts shirts in in long pants can also help keep the ticks off and same with the mosquitoes and you know controlling ticks and fleas on your pets can also help and importantly in the area.
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"So that more people are exposed over longer periods of time i want to talk a little bit about the severity of some of these illnesses dr peterson last summer in plainfield indiana plainfield indiana two year old kinley ratliff died of rocky mountain spotted fever this is a rare tick borne illnesses i understand it that's on the rise in the mid west this is ken lease aunt jordan clap talking to reporters about how kenley symptoms escalated from a high fever to death in just a matter of days to go through what we did for it just happened so fast and we couldn't do anything about it she was just laying there in the hospital bed living off of a breathing tube and we couldn't do a thing for her it's terrible to hear that dr peterson i'm and i'm wondering i understand that you yourself got sick from west nile virus a few years back i mean these are serious serious illnesses you want to talk a little bit about your own experience experience shows that that it's really important that people think of these takes and mosquitoes has more than summertime nuisances their diseases that really can really cost of your disease or as as was just pointed out can even kill you my experience was that i simply went outside to go get my mail and i thought i'd only be out there for a minute inside didn't put on mosquito repellent i thought well what's my risk and you know two minutes and bad i ran into a friend of my mailbox and had wit stat outside talking and we noticed we both were getting bitten by mosquitoes we actually went indoors and then three days later both of us got west nile virus and that can tell you i was sick for three months and it was the worst illness i've had my life.
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"Creased that is increase the number of deer tics and at the same time people are now living in you know these reforested areas out in the suburbs where deer are everywhere and they're being exposed to the ticks and getting lime disease the other problem is is that we're really not fully prepared to deal with these problems we really don't have great methods of of controlling the ticks or even some of these mosquito borne diseases so we need to do a lot more work and trying to figure out how to best control these go ahead ask you about the question of climate change in all this i mean if longer and hotter spring and summer season doesn't seasons doesn't that mean longer seasons for these animals to breed and live in other words i i i want you to comment to the extent that you can on how climate change contributes to this problem well warmer temperatures affect many of these diseases in many ways making them worse so for example when you have warmer temperatures that seems to promote west nile virus outbreak so all the major outbreaks of west nile virus and and the us have occurred during heat waves so the more heat waves you have the more outbreaks you get from that as well as other mosquito borne diseases you know for the tick borne diseases what happens is when there's warmer temperatures it does two things one is it allows the ticks live further north this causing them to spread into new areas and also increases the length of tick season.
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"This podcast and following message sponsored by college find mentors selected from brown michigan mit and more help with college lists and the application process learn more at college vine dot com wvu are boston npr i'm anthony brooks and this is on point lime disease west nile virus sika and the plague all of them nasty diseases spread by ticks mosquitos and fleas can just as much of the country flirts with summer these days in the warm weather that allows those insects to flourish a new report from the cdc finds that since two thousand four these infections have tripled all across the country folks are vulnerable and getting sick sometimes very gravely and sometimes from like this hour on point the surge insect born diseases you can join us on air or online does the cdc report confirm what you're seeing in your community do you suffer from one of these diseases what questions do you have about tick mosquito and flea borne disease join us at on point radio dot org or on twitter and facebook at on point radio and joining me now from fort collins colorado is dr lyle peterson he's one of the authors of the cdc report he's the director of the division of vectorborne diseases at the cdc where he works to protect the american public from emerging and endemic bacterial viral pathogens spread by ticks mosquitos and fleas and lyle peterson dr peterson good to have you with us thank you for joining us hi anthony so the top line of this report from the cdc seems to be that illnesses from squitoes taken flea bites more than tripled from two thousand four to two thousand sixteen tell us what stands out to you well the data show that we're seeing a steady increase in spread of tick borne disease and then accelerating trend of mosquito borne diseases introduced from other parts of the world we examined over six hundred forty thousand cases of diseases from the squitoes ticks and flea bites that were reported in the united states and its territories from two thousand four.
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"Be news time eight sixteen the federal centers for disease control was warning of a particularly severe season for tick borne diseases we asked a warriner look into this well that really nasty and i luckily did get the classic alsarraj around at lindsey mirrors was bitten by a tick and eventually diagnosed with lyme disease it's the most common tickborne disease in the country and it's on the rise we've seen the number of cases triple in the united states dr christopher brayden is an epidemiologist with the centers for disease control i'm concerned about what we know is essentially an epidemic alarm disease that has occurred over the past two decades this cdc says since two thousand one debt epidemic has spread across the country five percent of lyme disease cases reported in 2015 came from these fourteen states but the ticks the carry the disease are spreading and there are other tick borne diseases to watch out for this summer like the rocky mountains spotted fever that took the life of this two year old girl in indianapolis over the weekend so even if you live if outside of areas where lyme disease is prevalent there may be these other types of infections that could occur so wherever you live in the united states since important to prevent tick bites and be evaluated if you think that there's been an infection lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose symptoms can resemble other illnesses and clinton include fever aches and pains fatigue and a rash there are some things you can do to prevent a tickborne illness and scott we've listed on the website on stack and werner thanks very much coming up testimony bill cosby gave a decade ago was used against him today in cork.
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"Tonight a full strawberry moon and in the fifties tomorrow morning cloudiness shower than sunshine is near eighty one some day sunny near ninety five degrees in the nineties again on monday back now to cbs the federal centers for disease control was warning of a particularly severe season for tick borne diseases we asked anna werner look into this if welled up at really nasty and i'll luckily did get the classic both iraq around at lindsey mirrors was bitten by a tick and eventually diagnosed with lyme disease it's the most common tickborne disease in the country and it's on the rise we've seen the number of cases triple in the united states dr christopher brayden is an epidemiologist with the centers for disease control i'm concerned about what we know is essentially an epidemic aligned disease that has occurred over the past two decades the cdc says since two thousand one that epidemic has spread across the country 95 percent of lyme disease cases reported in 2015 came from these fourteen states but the ticks the carry the disease are spreading and there are other tick borne diseases to watch out for this summer like the rocky mountain spotted fever that took the life of this two year old girl in indianapolis over the weekend so even a few live outside of areas where lyme disease is prevalent there may be these other types of infections that could occur so wherever you live in the united states and it's important to prevent tick bites and be evaluated if you think that there's been an infection lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose symptoms can resemble other illnesses says and clint can include fever aches and pains fatigue and a rash there are some things you can do to prevent a tickborne illness and scott we've listed them on the website cbs news daca and werner thanks very much coming up testimony bill cosby gave a decade ago was used against him today in court hello phone call it in college.