from a mailing list I'm on:
The Pacific Northwest is an outdoor paradise for those
of us who love
nature. As a fellow avid nature lover who enjoys
hiking, camping, and
exploring, I want to take a moment to share some
information which may
help you to avoid and protect yourself against one of
the most feared
and dangerous creatures in our State.
Is it a Big Bear? Is it a Slithering Snake?
Nope! It's a creature the size of a poppy seed,
namely the creepy crawly Tick!
Why are Ticks so dangerous?
Ticks can transmit very serious and fatal infections,
such as Lyme
Disease (Borrelia), Babesia, Rocky Mountain Spotted
Fever, and many
other pathogens. There is a myriad of misinformation
regarding this threat in the Pacific Northwest. Here
are a few common
myths about Lyme disease and related infections for
you to consider.
Myth #1: If you are infected with Lyme Disease
you will have a Bulls Eye Rash.
Fact: It is now estimated that less than 40% of people
Lyme Disease display a bulls eye rash.
Myth #2: The ELISA test (most common test used by
practitioners) is accurate and reliable.
Fact: It is now estimated the ELISA test is less than
30% accurate and reliable.
Myth #3: There is no Lyme disease in Washington state.
Fact: This is simply untrue. The hundreds of members
organization can testify to this fact.
To find out more common myths about Lyme Disease,
visit our webpage at
Why is there so much confusion about Lyme Disease?
Because it is a
great imitator, and symptoms can range from joint
fatigue, and flu-like symptoms to meningitis, MS-like
fibromyalgia like symptoms, and many others. For a
full list of
symptoms, visit our website (www.walyme.com).
Here are a few general tips to keep you and your
BE AWARE OF TICKS: Ticks can drop from trees or
crawl toward a host
when detecting body heat, or carbon dioxide. Ticks
live in trees or
weedy areas. Tall grass, leaf litter, low shrubs,
field and trail edges are favored. In highly
infected areas, lawns
may have ticks.
WEAR LONG SLEEVES AND LONG PANTS: Tuck the legs into
Light-colored clothes make it easier to spot ticks.
Wear a hat or
USE AN INSECT REPELLENT: Follow manufacturers
directions. Look for
ones containing 25-35% DEET.
INSPECT YOURSELF, YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR: Check for
after a shower. A shower will not wash off biting
ticks. Be sure to
check hairy areas, the scalp, and behind the ears.
Ticks crawl upward
until they are stopped. Check legs, waistline, bra
line, and armpits.
How To Remove An Attached Tick
ASSEMBLE A TICK KIT containing: pointed tweezers or a
tool, a magnifying glass, a small vial (a film
container is good), and
an antiseptic. (Our ILDA sells tick kits, see our
Lyme news page for
REMOVE THE TICK. Grasp the tick firmly by the head
with the tweezers
as close to your skin as possible. Avoid squeezing the
Pull straight out. Don't twist. DO NOT USE a hot
match head, nail
polish or Vaseline on the tick. The tick will
SAVE THE TICK in a container with a piece of damp
tissue or a blade of
grass. Refrigerate it , mark the date and where the
and watch for any unusual symptoms in the next 30
days. The tick can
be sent for testing through your doctor's office if
any early Lyme
CHECK WITH A PHYSICIAN as soon as possible.
To find out more information about Lyme disease
prevention, visit our
website (www.walyme.com). I have attached a copy of
brochure for you, and encourage you make this
information available to
Thank you for your time, and I hope that this
information can be
useful to you and your organization. If you find this
the information on our website to be valuable, I would
like to suggest
that you place a link from your page to our own so
that together we
can help educate those at risk of contracting Lyme or
in the hopes of a healthier future.
Outreach Coordinator for WA-Lyme
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