Friday, July 11, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A o HeraldZeitung O Friday July 11 1997 New virus adds to growing list of tick worries More people susceptible as more relocate to rural areas By TARA MEYER Associated Press writer ATLANTA AP Lyme disease Thats old news Scientists have discovered a new virus carried by ticks And they say its just the beginning now that the spotlight on Lyme disease has sparked new interest on the biting bloodsucking bugs There are viruses and bacteria that we dont know about simply because we havent said Duane Gubler who studies tick diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 think as we study them we are going to find even Besides the wellknown Lyme disease scientists know of at least seven illnesses caused by tick bites Now researchers at Harvard University Yale University and in Spain have isolated a new virus in deer ticks in New England While they arent sure how it will affect human health related viruses discovered in Europe cause severe brain swelling and can be deadly If it does actually affect humans here the potential for severe illness is said Sam Telford a parasitologist at the Harvard School of Public Health who wrote about the new virus in the AprilJune issue of the CDCs journal Emerging Infectious Diseases Telford and a team of scientists discovered the virus while studying bacteria that cause human granulocytic ehrlichiosis a potentially fatal illness identified last year that is caused by blacklegged ticks The team was studying the salivary glands of ticks when it came across the virus The team injected the virus into mice to study its effects The result The mice quickly died Just the fact that deer ticks have a virus is cause for Telford said Thats why we are aggressively looking at what this means for public The tiny tick is proving to be a terror Lyme disease reached record levels in 1996 The pests have multiplied in the past few years thanks to snowy winters that preserve their nests and rainy springs that give them the perfect place to thrive There are more than 850 species of ticks worldwide 100 of which transmit diseases Other tickborne diseases often go because they mimic Lyme disease and its flulike symptoms They include babesiosis Rocky Mountain spotted fever Colorado tick fever tularemia and ehrlichiosis Ticks and the diseases they can transmit will continue to thrive as people move into their hideouts the CDCs Gubler said Besides woods ticks can be found in meadows weeds caves cabins and on lawns TAHC now testing horses for swamp fever License tags renew them every 12 months and you can go just about anywhere anytime Get your horse tested every 12 months for Equine Infectious Anemia commonly called Coggins or Swamp and you can take your animal just about anywhere anytime After six months of requesting voluntary compliance with the EIA testing requirements inspectors from the Texas Animal Health Commission the states livestock regulatory agency began checking test papers July 1 TAHC inspectors drop by randomly at fairs events rodeos roping competitions and trail rides to ensure that all equine horses donkeys mules asses or other members of the horse family have been tested within the past 12 months for the viral disease EIA Owners or riders are to have with them either their animals original EIA test document called a VS 1011 form or a copy of the form that has a second original signature by the issuing veterinarian An EIA test within the past 12 months is also required when equine are privately sold said Dr Terry Deals TAHC executive director and state veterinarian He said sellers and buyers could decide who would pay for the test which runs about to for an accredited veterinarian to CANYON LAKE CHAMBER EVENTS Calendar of Events today today July 17 July 19 20 July 23 July 23 26 Aug 5 Aug 14 Aug 27 Dove Plumbing ribbon cutting 2 FarmtoMarket 2673 in Saltier Canyon Lake Suites Tenants ribbon cutting 5 FarmtoMarket 2673 in Sattler Chamber Mixer at Canyon Animal Clinic FarmtoMarket 1834 in Sattler across from Old Sattler Bakery Old Gruene Market Days 10 to 6 contact Debbie Fessler 6296441 Reminder no luncheon in July Web Site Design Workshops special to Chamber members to 4 cost includes materials software and lunch Chamber Board meeting at Chamber office UTSA Small Business Development appointments required call Chamber for appointment Chamber mixer at GVTC Reminder no luncheon in August 1997 Monthly First Tuesday of each month First Wednesday First Thursday Second Tuesday Second Wednesday Second Thursday Third Tuesday Third Wednesday Third Thursday Fourth Monday Fourth Wednesday Fourth Thursday Meetings Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Board meeting at Chamber office Eastern Star Chapter 1103 at Masonic Lodge 7 call 8993713 for information Fischer Store School Community Center meeting call 9642176 for information Noon Lions Club meeting noon at Dam Red Barn Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge No 1425 meal meeting Evening Lions Club meeting Startz Cafe Patchwork Squares dance club Smithson Valley Red Barn Junction FarmtoMarket 311 and FarmtoMarket 3159 call 8997521 or 899 4849 for information Village West Board of Directors meeting 7 at Village West club house Canyon Lake Art Guild 1 Canyon Lake Action Center UTSA Cynthia Arnold Norwest Bank Sattler Women in Business call DeeDee Dunn for details 9643033 Toastmasters International 7 Lodge at Turkey Cove call 8992776 for details American Legion Auxiliary at Post No 643 Canyon 9 at Fischer School Friends of the Library at the library Patchwork Squares Dance Club Evening Lions Club 7 Startz Cafe Noon Lions Club noon Dam Red Barn Canyon Lake Retired Teachers Association Rio Raft meeting room September through May only Computer Club GVTC auditorium call 9643715 for information Chamber of Commerce luncheon speaker to be announced Canyon Lake Area Council of Propeity Owners Association 7 Canyon Lake Action Center call 9642265 for information Toastmasters International 7 Lodge at Turkey Cove call 8992776 for information Source Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Do You Have Mild to Moderate Asthma If so we need qualified volunteers 12 years of age or older to participate in an asthma research study Participants will receive physician monitoring an EKG lab work chest xray and asthma medications at no cost Compensation up to for your time Children Studies Now Enrolling Metro6090900 V Central Texas Health Research draw and submit a blood sample complete the necessary test record and the cost of the laboratory work More than 550 infected have been detected in Texas since Sept 1 Beats said In some cases the infection causes the equine to develop fever weight loss and severe anemia However many infected equine have symptoms only when they are overworked stressed or injured and then they may he said Finally there are animals that show no signs of illness These inapparent carriers still can be instrumental in spreading Submitted by the 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