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Distribution of Ticks in the United States - CDC Maps 2012
suspect other cases, but a bite wasn't confirmed or the tick wasn't
kept. Lab tests confirmed the disease
, but the site couldn't be proven," said Gary Euler, county
REPORTED IN SOUTH STATE
(Arlington, VA) - Saturday, June 8, 1991
Author: MARILYN LEARY: (c)
Gannett News Service
first confirmed case of tick-borne Lyme disease
caught in Southern California - at Cucamonga Peak - has been reported
by the San Bernardino County Public Health Department.
cases this year, one in Lytle Creek and one in Forest Falls,
are strongly suspected of having been caught
in the county.
Lyme disease ,
transmitted in California by the bite of the black-legged tick, can
cause a sometimes deadly heart disorder as well
as dangerous neurological illnesses and severe, lifelong arthritis.
symptoms include a rash where the bite occurred and headache,
fever and malaise.
treated early with antibiotics, the disease usually
can be cured.
cases have been reported in San Bernardino County since 1989,
when reporting began for Lyme
occurred in people believed to have contracted the
disease in other
states - particularly the Northeast, where Lyme disease is
prevalent - or in Northern California.
County officials recently announced that a tick captured in San
Clemente harbored the bacteria that causes Lyme disease , but no
cases originating in Orange County have been confirmed, Euler said.
of the Cucamonga Peak case came from the state Department
of Health Services after it tested ticks collected
on the mountain by county environmental health services workers.
victim, a 55-year-old Fontana teacher, was hiking in February with
Sierra Club friends near an area known as Tick
found a tick on his abdomen when he returned home, removed it and
kept it. When a bull's-eye rash appeared, he consulted
his doctor at Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center in Fontana.
tests showed he had been infected with Lyme disease and the
state confirmed the tick carried the disease . The
patient was given 14 days of tetracycline antibiotic treatment and has
recovered, Euler said.
second case of Lyme disease was
diagnosed in a 10-month-old girl who lives in Forest Falls.
black-legged tick was found on her back in April. It was removed, but
baby, who never has been away from Forest Falls, was given
antibiotic treatment and recovered.
Riverside woman diagnosed with Lyme disease probably
contracted it on a 1989 fishing trip to Lytle Creek, but a tick bite
could not be confirmed.
other cases likely contracted in San Bernardino County occurred in
Chino Hills residents, one in 1989 and the other
in 1990. A tick bite could not be confirmed in either case.
more than 200 cases of Lyme disease have been
reported this year, most in the northwest coastal areas. California had
250 cases in the last six months of
1989 and 345 in 1990. Nationwide, 1,511 cases of Lyme disease have been
reported so far this year.
black-legged tick has been found in 53 of California's 58 counties,
but only about 1 to 2 percent carry the Lyme disease bacteria,
said Robert Murray, epidemiologist with the infectious disease branch of
the state health department in Oakland.
California, black-legged ticks are active October through May and
usually are found in San Bernardino County at elevations
of 3,000 feet or more.
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