Re: Chiggers! (Lyme disease)
Tom Turba x6774 (turba@UNIRSVL.RSVL.UNISYS.COM)
Sat, 19 Aug 1995 18:24:04 CDT
>Date: Mon, 31 Jul 1995 12:47:33 -0700
>From: Timothy J O'Leary <tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL>
>Subject: Re: Chiggers!
>Actually, the Northeast has a fairly substantial problem with deer ticks
>- little guys about the size of a pinhead. They are hard to detect, but
>do cause Lyme disease, which can really be quite nasty if not detected
>and treated early. Although I don't believe that "Scouting-associated
>Lyme Disease" is much of a problem, it wouldn't be a bad idea if Scouters
>familiarized themselves with the bug.
Scouting-associated Lyme Disease is a problem in some parts of the country!
The Tomahawk Scout Reservation located in northwestern Wisconsin has a well-
developed deer tick population because of the large number of deer and mice
that live in the area. On more than one occasion I have found deer ticks in
our campsite, including the almost impossible to see nymphs.
Normally at least half a dozen staff members contact the disease each summer!
The number of scouts that contact it is believed to be considerably higher,
but is not as well know because the first signs appear after they have left
camp. At least three people from my troop have contacted it, as well as
dozens of others people that I personally know, including my son.
My son's case was not detected until months later when one of his knees
turned into the size of a large melon. He was put in the hospital on
interveinous antibiotics for several days, followed by a regimen of
antibiotic pills. He recovered fine with no long-term side effects.
The wife of a coworker was not so lucky. Her case was not properly detected
for several years. Her health got worse and worse, as did her general mental
abilities. Finally, she could not work and could barely get around. Now,
after several years of treatment, she still tires easily and can only work
1/2 time. Luckily, her mental abilities have come back.
Lyme disease is nothing to fool around with.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. Turba
ASM Troop 297
P.S. Sorry for the late posting on this thread. I'm still catching up after
being gone for three weeks.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City