Tick populations booming due to climate change 

According to experts in the field, ticks have gone through some changes over the past few years.

“I think one of the biggest concerns that you see within the published literature for ticks is that ticks’ geographical regions are expanding,” said Dr. Janet Foley, a professor and researcher at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Foley, who studies the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases, also serves as co-director of the Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, an institution on the frontlines of tick and mite research.

“Clearly ticks are expanding farther north,” she said. “[W]e’re finding a lot of tick species moving into new areas. And a lot of that has to do potentially with climate change [and] animal husbandry practices if we’re cutting forests or recreating grasslands… So as a whole ticks themselves are really becoming an emerging problem, not that they always weren’t anyway, but they are getting worse.”

Ticks can spread infectious diseases such as Lyme disease and and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Photograph: Rasmus Holmboe Dahl/Alamy

I’ve got some bad news.

Storm has lyme disease and Isis has Anaplasmosis.

Thankfully, we caught Storm’s Lyme Disease pretty early and Anaplasmosis isn’t too serious… It’s symptoms are basically just a toned down version of Lyme Disease without the possible long term repercussions and Isis isn’t showing any of said symptoms.

Storm is on antibiotics and will be for the next thirty days. He’s been completely normal as well and, again, we caught it early so I’m not particularly worried about the long term repercussions.

The reason I’m making this post is because I want to let my followers know what’s going on, of course, and to warn my fellow New England dogblrs to keep an even more careful eye out for ticks and perhaps even to take their own dogs to get tested for lyme disease. 

However, I also wanted to start a discussion about tick preventatives. We’ve been treating our dogs with holistic treatments but it’s obviously not working perfectly… not that anything does. But I’m wondering whether we should go another way or keep doing things the way we have and I’d love some input from my fellow dogblrs. 

anonymous asked:

"Be ready to go when I get home." Jason said as soon as Will answered the phone. He then hung up. (nicodiangelo-deathangel, lyme verse)

Will stared at his phone before quickly doing what Jason told him to.

Woman gets hysterectomy and discovers her teeth are missing

Clare Jones, a 47-year-old woman from Newcastle-under-Lyme, England went to the hospital for a hysterectomy. The surgery was successful, but Jones still doesn’t understand why two of her teeth were removed. The hospital says it doesn’t know what happened, but are launching an investigation to find out, which could take up to two months. I guess that’s how long it takes to ask everyone who was in the operating room what happened to the woman’s teeth.

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So no new story for a while, I’m fighting Lyme disease and it’s a tiring process. I’m so sick and I have a very low immune system, I’m sorry. Love you all.

I love the cafe I hang out in over here I stg. 

It has a lot of vegetarian stuff that I can eat which is really useful and not super common, but, aside from the -occasional- risk of aggressive vegans or slightly experimental health-food, I’ve also heard some really amazing stuff come out of peoples’ mouths that makes my day:

(these are all from one elderly couple sat across from me today v )

- the old guy’s equally old friend went to a fight club in town today

- a guy they knew ate poison ivy and an eel and died

- magnets can cause ebola

-some lady can set fire to things with her fingers

(these are from a mixed-looking friend group last week v )

- margarine slows down learning in children

- you can will physical objects to vanish if you believe hard enough

(a group of perfectly normal looking elderly women v)

- lyme disease and ticks were made by and are a conspiracy by the government

Another live show thing.  Cecil mentions in the crossover that he still has lyme disease and you really shouldn’t just…  let that go…  It will eventually kill you while you hallucinate and have muscle spasms so bad you can’t walk.  And it’s REALLY easy to cure.  Like…  does he keep getting it or has he just had it for a year, or does he just say he has lyme disease but he doesn’t really?  Because everybody just kinda glosses over it and Carlos seems like the kind of person who would call him out on the scientific dangers of lyme disease.  But I mean…  it’s like a bottle of antibiotics to fix, and if you don’t fix it it can fuck up your entire nervous system so like…  just go get it fixed.  Don’t just have lyme disease.  Cecil…  cannot take care of himself very well.

Why you are more likely to get Lyme disease again

Here’s more reasons to be cautious of the pesky ticks during your summer outings.

UC Davis researchers have discovered that the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium that causes Lyme disease hinders the immunity system from fighting the pathogen which may explain why some patients remain vulnerable to repeated infections.

The bacteria initially trigger a strong immune response in an infected animal, but findings from this study indicate that the bacteria soon cause structural abnormalities in “germinal centers” — sites in lymph nodes and other lymph tissues that are key to producing a long-term protective immune response.

For months after infection, those germinal centers fail to produce the specific cells — memory B cells and antibody-producing plasma cells — that are crucial for producing lasting immunity.

In effect, the bacteria prevent the animal’s adaptive immune system from forming a “memory” of the invading bacteria and launching a protective immune response against future infections.

The Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria are transmitted to humans and animals through bites from infected ticks.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. About 300,000 cases of Lyme disease are diagnosed annually in the United States, and cases have grown the last few decades.

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Lyme Disease Has Surged 320% in America

Lyme disease is not only becoming more rampant in its normal hotspot of the northeast United States, it’s spreading across the country, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns.

“Over time, the number of counties identified as having high incidence of Lyme disease in the northeastern states increased more than 320 percent,” researchers write in the report. They also note that the disease is appearing in states where its never been recorded before.


“This is a milestone for me because I never play festivals. The terror of it… I have such a fear of crowds, agoraphobia, social anxiety… I’m scared I’m gonna get Lyme’s disease or an STD or something, but… the last two days have proven all my fears are in vain. It’s been a beautiful two days. The vibe is amazing–it’s like a 48 hour episode of My Little Pony.”

Sufjan Stevens plays “Vesuvius” at Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, WI.