OT: Tick-borne diseases spreading

Due to global warming, tick ranges are expanding in the U.S. Doctors aren’t necessarily familiar with the symptoms and may misdiagnose patients.

Everyone has heard about Lyme disease by now, which is carried by deer ticks.

A new one is alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic reaction to mammal meats like pork, beef and lamb, which growing evidence shows can be triggered by a Lone Star tick bite. It causes intense itching. These ticks also carry Heartland virus disease and Bourbon virus disease, both of which can lead to fever, fatigue and in some cases hospitalization, and even death.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/us/lone-star-tick-bite-me…

If you have a strange illness that the doctors can’t pinpoint, ask them to investigate tick-borne diseases, especially if you spend time in tick habitat (outdoors). The ticks are spreading and may be new to the area.

Wendy

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More than ticks.

Assassin bugs (cone nosed kissing bugs) are moving north. They can carry a terrible lung disease. After being bitten many times by these insects I had an anaphylactic reaction to them. I now keep an epi pen handy.

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/chagas/index.html

Also a sand fly has moved north that carries a terrible debilitating disease that is difficult to get rid of. It has moved north into some of the southern states.

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/leishmaniasis/gen_info/faqs.ht…

Also dengue (breakbone) fever which is carried by a mosquito that is spreading north.
Wendy

If you have a strange illness that the doctors can’t pinpoint, ask them to investigate tick-borne diseases, especially if you spend time in tick habitat (outdoors). The ticks are spreading and may be new to the area.

Also realize that the test they do for Lyme’s may produce a false negative. I had Lyme’s, happily with the stereotypical bullseye which confirmed Lyme’s, but the blood test came back negative. The faster you treat Lyme’s, the better.

IP

A new one is alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic reaction to mammal meats like pork, beef and lamb, which growing evidence shows can be triggered by a Lone Star tick bite.

I can’t read the article so I don’t know what they mean by new. It’s been around for a number of years here and I know several people who have been infected. I don’t enter the woods around here without soaking my clothes with permethrin and spraying my skin with DEET.

PSU

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<I don’t know what they mean by new.>

New to the local area of The New York Times, which published the article. As the problem spreads from south to north, patients may bring unfamiliar symptoms to local doctors who have never seen the cause.

Wendy