Mafes dawg tracks - tricks to avoid ticks
of antibiotics for patients with some chronic symptoms several
originated? I haven’t, and I just know that I didn’t want to be
months after successful antibiotic therapy. Longer courses of
exposed to the rascals. But, the name originated from a town in
antibiotic treatment have not been shown to be benefical and
Connecticut in 1975. The disease is transmitted by a closely
have in fact been linked to serious complications, even death.
related group of ticks called ixodes.
This group of ticks - deer ticks, western black-legged ticks and
TRICKS TO AVOID TICKS:
black legged ticks are much smaller than the common dog or
Know the danger! The tick is a tiny, eight-legged insect-
cattle ticks. They normally attach to any part of the body, often to
like creature that feeds on the blood of animals, including
moist or hairy areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.
human beings. It is mostly harmless, but it does spread the
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
bacteria that are responsible for Lyme disease. The deer
reported 23,305 cases of Lyme disease in the USA in 2005. Most
tick, which is the main carrier, is about the size of the dot at
of the cases were in the coastal northeast, the Mid-Atlantic States,
Wisconsin, Minnesota, and northern California.
Know the treatment! If Lyme disease is diagnosed early
The large majority of cases occur in the summer months when
and treated with antibiotics, it can be cured. It can also be
people are more active and spend more time outdoors. The Food
treated effectively in its latter stages, but response varies
and Drug Administration regulates products that are used to
from one patient to the next. Some symptoms can linger for
diagnose and treat this complex disease in humans. At this
juncture, there are no licensed vaccines in the USA to aid in the
When you are working or walking in grassy or wooded
areas, cover up! Wear solid shoes, tuck your pants leg
bottoms into your socks, with a long sleeve shirt and hat or
SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE:
Use insect repellants containing DEET or premethrin.
Follow instructions for use on the label.
Check yourself regularly when working outdoors and when
After work check your body, shower and wash your hair.
If you find a tick on your body, remove it with tweezers or
If left untreated, the infection can cause:
with your fingers protected by a glove or a plastic bag.
Pull it out gently without squeezing it. Wash the area
Dispose of the tick where it will not re-infect. If you
suspect Lyme disease, put the tick in a sealed plastic bag or
Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but it can leave a person with
old medicine bottle and take it to the doctor.
permanent damage to any of the areas mentioned above. I have a
Watch for early signs of Lyme disease infection. A red
friend who contracted Lyme disease walking in the woods in New
rash, especially surrounding the tick bite, possibly in a
York State. The problem is that the symptoms may not show up
“bull’s eye” pattern may appear in the first week or two.
for weeks or months. When they do, it may take the form of
Flu-like symptoms and joint pain develop over the first
arthritis, heart rhythm irregularities, or nervous system
month. Extreme fatigue, a stiff and aching neck, and
tingling in the fingers and facial paralysis can follow.
Weeks or months later severe headaches, painful arthritis,
heart problems and central nervous system difficulties can
According to the CDC, patients treated with antibiotics in the
early stages of the infection usually recover rapidly and
completely. Antibiotics commonly used for treatment include
doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime (ceftin). Some patients
Pets can contract Lyme disease as well as humans. Their
with certain neurological or cardiac forms of the illness may
symptoms include lameness, loss of appetite, fever, and joint
require intravenous treatment with drugs such as cefttriaxone or
soreness. Regular checks for ticks and the use of topical and/or
collar products can help control contracting Lyme disease.
The National Institutes of Health funded studies of longer courses
The safest RISK is the one you
Ted Gordon – Risk Mgmt./Loss Control Mgr.
Excerpts: Safety Smart Online, (4/8/2009)
~ BE SAFETY SMART RIGHT FROM
THE START ~
Structure of the Heart__________________________________________________________ The obvious starting point of this system is the heart . The heart is a muscular pump about the size of a human fist. The heart is made of a unique muscle tissue called cardiac muscle , which is found within the myocardium , which makes up the wall of the heart. Like skeletal muscle, it is striated with strands
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