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California and the Pacific Northwest Tick Borne Disease Articles
Geographic Distribution of Ticks in the United States - CDC Maps 2012
Mystery Illness Solved: Lyme Disease -- Oregon Family Suffered Years And Years' From Ailment Carried By Ticks
By Carol Ann Riha
RAINIER, Ore. - Diane Tack and eight members of her family spent years traipsing from doctor to doctor, complaining of problems ranging from memory loss to joint pain.
Finally, last summer, the Tacks left their hilltop log house near the Columbia River for a costly four-month trip to specialists on the East Coast for treatment of Lyme disease. Read More At:
Lizard May Act As Lyme Disease Panacea.
(Note; This article by UC-Berkeley discusses a study showing
infection rates of ticks in Tilden Regional Park within the San
Francisco Metropolitan Area. In one area 1.3 percent of adult
ticks carried the Lyme disease bacterium, compared to 5.7
percent of nymphal ticks, the reduction thought to be the
bacteriocidal effect on Lyme bacterium of the ticks feeding on
Western Fence lizards. There are two major flaws with the
extrapolation of this information. One is that the distribution
of the Western Fence lizard tends to be spotty and diminishes
to scarce or nonexistent as one works north of San Francisco
to British Columbia. Ticks also feed on rodents and birds.
Second is that, as far as is known, the Western Fence lizard
does nothing to eliminate other tick borne diseases usually
associated with Lyme disease. Also, in other areas, lizards
have been demonstrated to carry the Lyme bacterium.
Bitten by the Controversy Bug by Andy Dworkin of The Oregonian
Memorable quotes from David Gilbert who is considered the regional Lyme expert in Oregon…
“What is increasingly common is patients who think they have Lyme disease, not actual
cases,” said Dr. David Gilbert, an infectious disease expert at Portland-based Providence Health Systems and past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
"I have seen, in maybe 35 years of doing this, at the most two or maybe three cases,"
he said. (Comment; this most certainly must qualify him as an expert – one diagnosis
every 10 to 15 years.)
Gilbert said that "throughout the history of medicine" some people have developed a set of nagging symptoms -- often including pain, fatigue and depression -- without an obvious cause. Some of these patients search for an explanation on their own, which creates a series of pop diagnoses that parade like fashion trends through medical offices. (Comment; a sorry excuse for physician incompetence and ignorance.)
“…the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association last year reported over 100 cases of Lyme disease in the Portland metro area alone. This figure is likely also vastly under reported…”. ”Compare this to the pathetically low and grossly misleading figure of 3 human cases reported for all of Oregon last year.”This will lead to some links that direct the Lyme Disease interested person to valid medical diagnosis and treatment.
Liz MacLeod of the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Spring season means increased danger of outdoor ticks, Lyme disease
Battle Ground man fights Lyme disease
The Reflector, Battle Ground, Clark County, Washington
By Alice Perry Linker, staff reporter
Lyme disease often goes undiagnosed in Oregon
By Deedee Schneider MA, LMT
Patients have a right to pick among conflicting studies
By Theresa Denham
Misdiagnosed for Years
Sickest Lyme patients can have negative test results
By Sarah Blanton
A Disease In Debate
A Bend woman has chronic Lyme disease
There are a number of news articles on Lyme disease in Washington State both
west and east of the Cascades. Some are only available on a pay-per-view basis.
UNDETECTED LYME DISEASE CAN MAKE LIFE MISERABLE, July 6, 1988
Formerly at: http://www.seattlepi.com/archives/1988/8801190337.asp
Restored from the NewsBank at:
First Lyme disease case reported in Kittitas County, July 28, 1989
Lyme disease suspected on the Palouse, March 9, 1990
Montana Lab Tries to Identify Tick-Borne Disease, New York Times 2003
Mysterious tick disease afflicts Montana 2003
Tick borne disease in Montana, The Missoulian 2004
Out-of-state bites boost Lyme disease cases, Billings Gazette 2009
(Note; Dr. Paul Mead of the CDC offers his biased and misinformed views.)
Chronic Lyme disease hobbles Spanish Fork woman Dec. 28, 2009