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VTBIRD November 2013

Subject:

Re: Ticks-Good news and bad news

From:

Michele Patenaude <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:06:42 -0500

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Michele Patenaude 
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
802-862-4085

On Nov 9, 2013, at 9:07 AM, Roy Zartarian <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Another good resource for tick information is the Tick Encounter Resource
> Center at the University of Rhode Island: http://www.tickencounter.org
> 
> And this discussion has been a good reminder that it's still too early to
> put away the DEET and Permethrin.
> 
> Roy Zartarian
> Connecticut birder
> 
> 
> On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 7:52 AM, Brennan Michaels and John Beattie <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> The info on the Dept of health website is definitely much improved. There
>> is still some misinformation. Doctors who are researching Lyme disease
>> believe that this window which was originally 48 hours and now on the
>> website has at least shortened to 36 hours, is actually much shorter. They
>> are believing that the transmission time can be a few hours, so do not be
>> complacent about removing a tick and check at least every day.
>> The website also says there are two other diseases that deer ticks carry,
>> anaplasmosis and babesiosis. The truth is there are many more, now even
>> including encephalitis and Powassan virus, both of which can be fatal. That
>> info should be on the website along with the other several pathogens that
>> come with Lyme.
>> Also we spray the perimeter of our yard and have always felt safe on our
>> short clipped lawn which is sunny. But this year in going bare foot I found
>> a nymph attached to my toe. This season for some reason there were many
>> rabbits coming onto the lawn and in reading about that I discovered that
>> rabbits carry and drop nymphs. So horror, now the lawn was not safe. I
>> think people need to be aware of this in the Spring.
>> brennan  michaels
>> On Nov 8, 2013, at 9:17 PM, Bruce MacPherson wrote:
>> 
>>> The bad news is that the population of black-legged tick adults peaks in
>> the fall. I brushed 6 ticks off my clothing last Friday (a warm day) after
>> a walk through the LaPlatte River Marsh NA in Shelburne. Unfortunately (for
>> me), I missed one that attached to my shoulder and had to be removed and
>> escorted to the flush.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> The good news is that most infections are transmitted by nymphs during
>> the summer. Adult ticks are large enough that they can be recognized and
>> removed within the 24-36 hour window after attachment and embedding before
>> infection occurs. The nymphs are tiny and often go unrecognized before they
>> have done their damage.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> The VT Dept of Health has some very good information about Lyme disease
>> prevention that every birder should read. The website can be found at
>> healthvermont.gov then click on Lyme disease.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Bruce MacPherson
>>> South Burlington
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Sue Wetmore <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 7:29 pm
>>> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Ticks
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Spray for clothing has been effect as a first defense against ticks. It
>> is
>>> available at our Blue Seal store or EMS store.
>>> Sue Wetmore
>>> 
>>> TestSent from my iPod
>>> 
>>> On Nov 8, 2013, at 7:21 PM, Courtney Appleyard <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> They have been hideous where I am in Manchester too - my husband had 3
>> in a
>>> week and I had one that had to have been on me for days…  quite
>> disgusting and
>>> unsettling!  Our doctor has given us refills on the doxycycline rescue
>> dose!
>>> Our dogs have Frontline but it's doing NOTHING!
>> 

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