Lyme disease 10 times more prevalent than previously recognized according to CDC
A brand-new medical danger from ticks is threatening millions of Americans. New cases of Lyme disease are soaring, and now two new illnesses have also been discovered in ticks.
Dr. Richard Firshein told Shannon Bream that the CDC has acknowledged for the first time that the number of cases of Lyme disease is much greater than previously recognized. “Originally, there were 30,000 cases believed to occur every year in the United States, mostly in thirteen states. Current estimates […] right now by the CDC are that there are over 300,000 cases of Lyme disease!”
Biology Professor Steve Murphree explained that a number of other viruses have been connected to ticks, including one that has a 30 percent mortality rate.
Dr. Firshein laid out the symptoms associated with Lyme disease and these other tick-related viruses, including flu-like symptoms, severe fever, fatigue, and headaches.
Murphree recommends protecting yourself by using a good repellent and inspecting yourself and others when you are out hiking.
An unusual, organic approach to control of ticks and prevention of Lyme disease involves the use of domesticated guineafowl. Guineafowl are voracious consumers of insects and arachnids, and have a particular fondness for ticks. Localized use of domesticated guineafowl may reduce dependence on chemical pest-control methods.
Prevention in dogs
Prevention of Lyme disease is an important step in keeping dogs safe in endemic areas. Prevention education and a number of preventative measures are available. First of all, for dog owners who live near or who often frequent tick-infested areas, routine vaccinations for their dogs is an important step.
Another crucial preventive measure is the use of persistent acaricides, such as topical repellents or pesticides that contain triazapentadienes (Amitraz), phenylpyrazoles (Fipronil), or permethrin (Pyrethroids). These acaricides target primarily the adult stages of Lyme-carrying ticks and reduce the number of reproductively active ticks in the environment.Formulations of these ingredients are available in a variety of topical forms, including spot-ons, sprays, powders, impregnated collars, solutions, and shampoos.
Examination of a dog for ticks after being in a tick-infested area is an important precautionary measure to take in the prevention of Lyme disease. Key spots to examine include the head, neck, and ears.