ALL GEORGIA RESIDENTS study on attached ticks

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, May 2, 2006.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    This is really important - please pass this on to EVERYONE you know who lives in Georgia! Please follow the instructions on how to remove attached ticks and where to send them!

    The Blade Plus
    Swainsboro GA
    April 17, 2006

    Department of Human Resources continues tick attach study

    In an effort to better understand ticks and the diseases they can transmit to humans, the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) Division of Public Health is working with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Poison Center to continue a study which will help identify areas in Georgia where the chances of getting sick from a tick bite are the greatest. Since the Tick Attach Study began in the spring of 2005, over 360 people from around the state have submitted ticks for testing. DHR is asking that the public continue to send in attached ticks through the fall of 2006.

    "Anyone who finds an attached tick should call the Georgia Poison Center at 404-616-9000 or 1800-222-1222 for information about how to remove the tick and instructions on how to mail it to us," said Stuart Brown, M.D., director of the DHR Division of Public Health. "The more ticks we receive, the greater our opportunity to learn where ticks are biting people in Georgia and if they are carrying disease-causing organisms."

    People who submit ticks for testing will receive a phone call from the health department within three weeks asking about their exposure to tick habitats and whether they have developed any symptoms of a tick-borne illness. Brown added that only ticks that have been attached to humans should be submitted.

    There are hundreds of species of ticks but only a few commonly bite humans in Georgia: the American dog tick, the lone star tick and the black-legged tick. These three species can carry diseases that are harmful to humans, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human monocytic ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), and tularemia. Most cases of tick-borne disease in Georgia occur between April and September, but infection can occur year round.

    "Although each disease has unique characteristics, the symptoms of tick-borne disease generally occur anywhere from three days to four weeks after being bitten and may include fever, rash, headache, and muscle pain," said Brown. "Not everyone develops all of these symptoms. Other symptoms, such as nausea, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and weakness can also occur."

    Ticks are commonly found in shady areas, moist ground litter, tall grass, brush, low tree branches, and along trails in the woods. They can also be found in backyards that border woody areas.

    To properly remove a tick, grasp the tick as close to the skin surface
    as possible with finetipped tweezers. Slowly pull the tick straight out.

    Wash and treat the bite area with a disinfectant. DO NOT squeeze the tick, twist the tick, light the tick on fire, or cover the tick in petroleum jelly, nail polish, alcohol, or kerosene. These "home remedies" may increase the chances of developing a tick-borne illness.

    Save the tick in rubbing alcohol and call the Georgia Poison Center at 404-616-9000 or 1-800-2221222 for information about tick identification
    and testing.

    There are several things you can do to avoid being bitten by a tick:
    - On your skin, wear insect repellent containing DEET.
    - On your clothes (but not your skin), wear insect repellent containing
    - Tuck pants into socks and shirt into pants so ticks can't crawl up
    pants legs.
    - Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be seen easily and removed.
    - Wear a hat and pull long hair back.
    - Do tick checks frequently during the day and a full-body tick check at
    the end of the day. Use a mirror and check behind ears, behind knees,
    under arms, and in the groin area. Ask someone to help you check your
    back and scalp, especially the nape of the neck. Take a shower and wash
    your hair before going to bed.
    - Do not sit directly on the ground-use a blanket or towel.
    - Remove excess brush and keep grass mowed around the house.
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    they're afraid if you burn it, it firstly will not be a good specimen to study...

    secondly, wonder if the tick expels anything extra when it does get burned... it's possible.

    it's hard to get a tick to back out that way IMO/experience, anyway...

  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks for this important info. I just got back from Atlanta and enjoyed visiting with the kids. Is your home still for sale? Sales here have dropped dramatically. We drove to Carrollton and I like it there. It's much smaller than Athens or even Rome but it's a nice little town.

    Love, Mikie
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Yes, it is still for sale, this seems to be the season for showing as we are suddenly getting calls to show it...

    but we are holding off on moving out of the area tho as our son has not responded very well so far to his treatment for Lyme. I guess everything happens for a reason - the supposed sale last fall fell thru at the last minute, but just as well, as otherwise I'd have ended up moving back here to keep on eye on his treatment.

    So, IF we get our asking price, we will move... but, needless to say, we're not the most motivated at this point, LOL!

    I have never been thru Carrollton myself... I have heard Peachtree City is very nice since they have golf cart paths for getting around, etc... it is a planned city, always thought it kind of sounded neat. Good luck, you have a lot of choices really, always a good thing!

    all the best,

  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    The kids really liked Peachtree City but prices have soared since it's been "discovered." I feel like you. It's probably best that the deal on the house I wanted in Athens fell through. I really don't need that large a house or the high taxes on space I don't use. We have homesteading here too and I've been here nine years. This condo is worth more than three times what I paid for it but my taxes can only increase 3 percent a year. I don't think one can live any cheaper than here but of course, cost of living isn't the only consideration.

    The cost of insurance, due to all the storms, is soaring if one can even get insurance. I sure hope we have a quiet year storm-wise.

    I will pray that whatever happens for us both is for the highest good of all concerned and I'll pray for your son. Take care.

    Love, Mikie
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I sure do hope this is a quieter year for hurricanes too! All residents near the Gulf have had enough for a while, but not sure what they're predicting!

    AND I'm bumping this up for others in Georgia, or for anyone who knows someone living in Georgia...

  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Here's another bump.

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