Lyme Disease: It’s Not the Deer’s Fault

If you think deer play an important role in the spread of Lyme disease, think again.

If you think deer play an important role in the spread of Lyme disease, think again.

New studies, reported in the Times, indicate that small mammals like white-footed mice are crucial to the prevalence of Lyme.

And “birds are also major carriers of Lyme disease bacteria and might be even more significant carriers than rodents because of the distances they can easily travel.” Here’s the story.

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Clark Cummings June 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Wasn't it Lyme Disease's fault that made one of the former Madison Policemen throw his loaded gun across a parking lot as stated in previous news stories? Now that's one bad disease to avoid!
Flowers June 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Do zombies have problems with ticks?
Thomas Cornick June 20, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I am doing my part, I've had Lyme disease, but I also had venison for dinner last night, you can eat the mice.
thomas June 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
mating season is over with they don t like the cold or heat, they are back in the deep woods
Flowers June 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Not for me. Should I be looking for ticks?
Walter June 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Dog ticks (the larger ones) are out in force right now. The deer ticks are too hard to spot with the naked eye unless you get the "bulls-eye" after your bitten. I had Lyme disease, it's no big deal if it caught early enough. Just keep in mind that the test for Lyme is only 70% accurate.
Carrie Jacobson June 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I am recovering from Lyme right now, and I tell you, it's awful. This is the second time I've had it, and this time it came with a temp of 103+ that I could not shake, horrible aches and shooting pains, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, you name it. I've been down and out for nearly two weeks. And I picked two deer ticks off myself this morning. Guess I missed one a while ago. My message: Be vigilant!
Barbi Batchelder June 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM
These vicious little arachnids are building up quite a 'rap sheet' with the growing number of diseases they spread. I'm also a victim of 'Lyme Fever' and have gone through it and have been treated twice. It must be something in my DNA, but I seem to be a 'Deer-Tick-Magnet' for all of the times I've been bitten...once I pulled one out of myself in mid-November! Evil-Nasty creatures! Along with Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others...there is a report of a new breed of tick recently making it's way up along the East Coast...the "Lone Star Tick"...? It's being reported that saliva from a bite from this breed of tick can cause a developed allergic reaction to meat, and can cause symptoms starting with hives and become as serious as anaphylactic shock! Here's the link to the story: http://news.yahoo.com/allergic-meat-lone-star-tick-may-vegetarians-133418695--abc-news-health.html
John Yannacci, Sr. June 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Okay Zach, take a deep breath and try to remember where you put your meds.
Carol D. Fox June 22, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Zach, Plum Island is in New York on Long Island. If you take the ferry over from New London you go right past it.
000 June 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Lyme disease is MANS FAULT! Lyme disease is MAN MADE! It comes from United Stated Department of Agriculture experiments on ticks gone wrong on Plum Island, NY. Believe it or not they had former Nazi scientists working with the government and ticks escaped... Truth is stranger than fictions my friends... Don't believe me, look it up! http://www.examiner.com/article/did-lyme-disease-originate-out-of-plum-island
000 June 23, 2012 at 01:09 AM
@Carol - Thanks, I stand corrected. @John Yannacci Sr - try researching this a little bit before you make dumb cracks. The really funny thing is that you are even too lazy to use the link I provided or to google it on your own. I know that you didn't do any research because if you did you would have found that I said nothing that was at all untrue as crazy as it may sound. You may not agree with my conclusions, but the evidence leans very heavily in my favor.
Marcie June 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
After we picked off 2-3 ticks per day from our kids and one of my kids contracted Lyme's we started using Tick Be Gone. This year we have a dog and let me tell you this stuff WORKS! In fact, my neigh has noticed that she has less ticks on her three large dogs since we started treating. I do not work for them in any way. I am just a very happy customer! http://www.tickbegone.com/
John Yannacci, Sr. June 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM
This is from my research, "Perhaps the first detailed description of what is now known as Lyme disease appeared in the writings of Reverend Dr John Walker after a visit to the Island of Jura (Deer Island) off the west coast of Scotland in 1764." I'm pretty sure that secret experiments were not happening at Plum Island in 1764.
John Yannacci, Sr. June 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Okay, I went to your web site. "Some say...", "It is suspected...", "I have received some information suggesting...". This is your idea of proof? Any fool can contribute to a blog and, in the case of Robert Herriman, it appears one did.
000 June 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
John, your limited research seems so convenient to the FACT that you don't want to discover certain things. It's called results-oriented research. It's also called bias. It's also called disingenuous. "For ecades, officials denied rumors of biological warfare experiments. But in 1993, Newsday unearthed previously classified documents on plans to disrupt the Soviet economy by spreading diseases to kill its pigs, cattle and horses. Most of the diseases studied, like African swine fever and rinderpest, affect only livestock. But one, Rift Valley fever, also occurs in humans." NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/17/nyregion/closely-guarded-secrets-some-islands-you-can-t-get-to-visit.html?pagewanted=print&src=pm
000 June 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
"During the Cold War a secret biological weapons program targeting livestock was conducted at the site." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum_Island_Animal_Disease_Center "Bio-weapons research The original anti-animal BW mission was "to establish and pursue a program of research and development of certain anti-animal (BW) agents".[13] By August 1954 animals occupied holding areas at Plum Island and research was ongoing within Building 257.[9] The USDA facility, known as the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, continued work on biological warfare research until the U.S. program was ended by Richard Nixon in 1969.[8] The bio-weapons research at Building 257 and Fort Terry was shrouded in aura of mystery and secrecy.[10][14] The existence of biological warfare experiments on Plum Island during the Cold War era was denied for decades by the U.S. government. In 1993 Newsday unearthed documents proving otherwise and in 1994, Russian scientists inspected the Plum Island research facility to verify that these experiments had indeed ended.[14]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum_Island_Animal_Disease_Center
000 June 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
"Lab 257, a book by Michael C. Carroll, Ph.D., has alleged a connection between Plum Island Animal Disease Center and the outbreaks of three infectious diseases: West Nile virus in 1999, Lyme disease in 1975, and Dutch duck plague in 1967.[6]" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_257 http://www.amazon.com/Lab-257-Disturbing-Governments-Laboratory/dp/0060011416 "Dr. Erich Traub was a Nazi germ warfare scientist allegedly smuggled into the United States in 1949 from the former Soviet Union under the auspices of the top secret United States government program Operation Paperclip.[1] Dr. Traub is known as the father of the Plum Island biological research lab, located 6 miles from Old Lyme, Connecticut. According to the book Lab 257, by author Michael Carroll, Dr. Traub was chief of Insel Riems, a virological research institute in the Baltic sea now known as the Friedrich Loeffler Institute.[2] Traub worked directly for Adolf Hitler's second in charge, Heinrich Himmler.[3]" http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.med.diseases.lyme/2007-08/msg00037.html
000 June 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
@John Yannacci, Sr. " Dr. Steere, who first identified Lyme disease in the United States 25 years ago in a cluster of patients in Lyme, Conn. " http://www2.lymenet.org/domino/news.nsf/bbf2f15334c1f28585256613000317cc/67a5fb79932303d1852568e800522fd6?OpenDocument
000 June 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
@John Yannacci, Sr. "Michael Carroll quotes former Plum Island lab director Jerry Callis talking about tick research on Plum Island: "Plum Island experimented with ticks, but never outside of containment. We had a tick colony where you take them and feed them on the virus and breed ticks to see how many generations it would last, on and on, until its diluted. Recently they reinstated the tick colony." http://sci.tech-archive.net/Archive/sci.med.diseases.lyme/2007-08/msg00037.html
000 June 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
@John Yannacci, Sr I don't know if a U.S. patent is enough proof for you, but probably not; "Army records show 60% of chronic Lyme patients are co-infected with several strains of mycoplasma, the most common one being mycoplasma fermentens which was patented in 1993 by the U.S. Army and army pathologist Dr. Lo, "Dr. Lo Shyh-Ching-Pathogenic mycoplasma-U.S. Patent 5,242,820 issued Sept. 7, 1993." Many Lyme disease and Gulf war patients are infected with the genetically engineered organism (mycoplasma fermentens) thus Lyme and Gulf War disease symptoms are almost identical. Doxycycline is the drug of choice for both diseases" http://homelessholocaust.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/pathogenic-mycoplasma-us-patent-no-5242820-issued-september-7-1993-dr-lo-is-listed-as-the-inventor/ http://www.thedogpress.com/Editorials/Plum-island-LymeDisease_Andrews1.asp
Robert Nyman June 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Zachary - please contact me - chronic vet -robertnyman@att.net
Daniella Ruiz June 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM
when much of this area was actually productive farmland (essentially DE-forested, and used for pasture and actual garden) the control of much undergrowth and pest's was managed with FIRE! and that made a great difference in the numbers of annoying insects and other. we now have these 'green natural environmentalists' who want every unused patch of land assigned protections that render it, virtually unusable, overgrown, decaying and pest filled. somehow i do not think this disease is anything new, invented or unusual. it may have just been suppressed and benign as many other virulent diseases have always been. we take special precautions for hoof/mouth disease because we like the value of having beef, pig and dairy products at our fingertips. its interesting that some theories include the age old war tactics (scorched earth?) used by romans, and other nasty empires of years past. seems we never get over these basic 'kill or be killed' concepts, despite our advanced society.
Linda June 24, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Daniella, YOU are SO CORRECT!! I was raised on a huge farm, we burned our windrows of the hay lots, we burned our leaves, we had thousands of acres and not one of us ever got sick haying, harvesting our veggies, canning our food, or for that mater, raising our own meat. We worked hard, and BURNED everything. But oh today, shame shame on anyone who even suggests these horrific means of polluting the atmosphere, yeah right, with what comes out of the earth.........I say, start walking, make the kids ride bicycles, stop all the soft living and conveniences, and start living really clean and green!!!


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