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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba B8 BRANDON July 2002 Ticks spread nasty diseases BY BKANSWIULL Canadian Press TORONTO Its time to talk about the lowly definitely Ixodes scapularis rarely figures prominently in our the Lyme disease delivery boy got a lot of attention in the when the hitherto unknown malady with its distinc tive bullseye rash barrelled into the North American con But the media and their public are fickle With anthraxlaced envelopes and West Nile bearing mosquitoes com peting for whats a poor tick to do previously unseen diseases into Canada seems a promising people with combinations of Lyme disease and one or two other diseases at the same time also seems notewor people with diseases that make their way into the blood supply and sicken others via tainted transfusions probably merits renewed Deer ticks also known as blacklegged ticks have done all that in Canada in the past couple of And with Environment Canada predicting this years unusually warm win ter will lead to an increase in deer tick populations and a spread of the turf held by infected deer ticks it seems like an appropriate time to reconsider the David for has a healthy respect for the ticks abil ity to turn a summer stroll into a medical Crane used to own a home on The island off the coast of Massachusetts in fact the entire state is a hot zone for ticks which cany Lyme Not all ticks cany the Trouble spots include but arent limited to New York state especially Long Island and TICK FACTS Parts of southern along Lake are home to infected tick populations as are regions of the Fraser the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in Crane knew about the problem and was tick con We made it a especially in the never to go into tall grass and stuff like You dont take short cuts to get to the he You follow the estab lished But ticks are Young known as are minuscule and easy to They are also voracious blood suck Even though the Cranes were used to doing tick he was bitten a few summers Several weeks Crane was admitted to with alternating chills and Blood tests showed his red blood cells were being Doctors were divided over what to blame leukemia malaria but concurred on one He was really says Kevin direc tor of travel and tropical medicine at Toronto General He looked like he had leukemia or something It turned out the tick that bit Crane was infected with both Lyme disease and a disease that had never before been diagnosed in babesiosis can be In it is at the very least Fortunately for both diseases respond well to Kain and some col leagues reported Canadas first known case of babesiosis in the Canadian Medical Association At the they hypothesized that if while had been bitten by another he could have begun the process of spreading babesiosis among ticks in They also theorized that if Crane had given blood while people who got the blood products made his donation could have developed And within a year bingo We had our first case of babesiosis by blood Kain The donor wasnt A man who had been camping around Cape Cod had been bitten but had never developed symptoms some people with strong immune systems Unaware that he was carrying the bug in his blood he gave blood six months The woman who got it wasnt as healthy she came down with Ticks can also convey a disease that resembles Rocky Mountain spotted a potentially fatal disease also spread by ticks that causes chills and muscle aches and which can lead to an inflammation of the The really impressive tiling about ticks is that they can be infected with several and give each to its One of any of them can make you Multiples tend to make you Kain So maybe it makes sense to keep your eyes out for espe cially if you are visiting wilderness areas where Lyme disease has been If youre out in the you really do have to check each other over to make sure you havent got a tick sticking to Crane If youre going to stay in somebodys cottage or these kinds of you should go onto the Web and get a basic primer on Lyme disease and because its not a pleasant ON THE NET The Mayo Clinics Lyme disease fact sheet The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases guide to Lyme disease Diseases Ticks can infect humans with a number of includ ing Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted Only infected ticks spread Hot Zones northeastern and midwestern especially Massachusetts and The sees about cases of Lyme disease alone each Hot Zones in Canada Breeding populations of infected ticks are established in Long Point Pelee and Rondeau Park along Lake Erie in southern and in parts of the Fraser the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island in British There have only been about 300 cases of Lyme dis ease in Canada in the last decade figures are expected to rise as the infection spreads among tick popu Protection Avoid walking in long grass or brushing against bushes in tickinfested Wear long sleeves and long Wear light coloured clothing so that ticks can be easily After walking out remove and check your body for ticks check clothing as Pets can carry ticks into a house hold they should be checked for ticks Finding a tick Ticks can hang on to a human for three or four feeding the whole Finding them early is key if removed within 24 hours they dont generally have time to pass on Removal technique Dont squish a drinking That will force blood and bugs back into your Position tweezers around the getting as close to the skin and the point of contact as Then pull straight Swab the area with an Quote The temptation when you find a tick is to grab it with your fin gers and try to yank But what you do if you do that is to squeeze their body and you actually make them regurgitate whatever organisms theyve got in them into Canadian forces launch ambitious operation BY NAHLAH AYED Canadian Press Afghanistan Canadian soldiers descended upon unexplored Afghan territo ry in the early hours of Canada Day in an ambitious terrorist hunt unlike any the coalition here has mounted to More than 50 vehicles including the Canadian Coyotes reconnaissance vehicles in their first opportunity to participate in an offensive combat operation here snaked upon crumbled and sandy roads on the bonerat tling ninehour trip from Kandahar to Qalat in the Zabul province bordering Just a few hours at first light the Coyotes were on their way to a rendezvous with American Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters carrying dozens of Canadian soldiers of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry battle group to the edge of a mountain north of It is the first combat mission the Canadians have participated in since the last time that it planes bomb Afghan village weddiiig planes bombed a village in central Afghanistan yesterday as resi dents celebrated a killing and injuring scores of people in what could be one of the war on terrorisms deadliest attacks on Reports of the incident were In the Central which is responsible for military operations in said officials from the the Afghan government and the Embassy in Kabul would investigate the Journalists will be allowed to accompany the Afghans said people in the village of Kakarak were firing weapons in the air to celebrate a wed ding as is common in rural Afghanistan when planes attacked in the early hours Estimates of the number killed ranged from dozens to more than Early reports from Afghanistan suggested the attackers may have mistaken the celebratory fire for hostile but Pentagon officials said they had not seen any information to support the idea that American planes had attacked a wedding Central Command said the B52 and AC 130 planes struck several ground including antiaircraft artillery sites that were firing at the American It did not identify other targets nor say how many bombs were Nor did it explain how these attacks could have resulted in civilian Associated Press was their turn to be on call for any operations the manded effort in the area The aim of the new complex dubbed Operation Cherokee is to sweep a province which like other Afghan regions bordering Pakistan is reputed to be a transit point for former Taliban and members of the alQaida terrorist network who have fled The operation The antiterrorist effort has yet to closely inspect this region for possible The challenge is that while the coalition is convinced theres a considerable threat of unseem ly elements in the there was little intelligence available on the nature and size of that threat as the Canadian troops headed into the This is a uniquely Canadian operation in a unique environ ment on Canada com manding officer Pat Stogran TeffiP0 BRANDON 646 6fh Brandon 1300 18th Brandon 120 Main Street Minnedosa 221 Main Street Wawanesa 48 Main Erickson Crosstown 661 1st Rivers Little Chiefs 2025 Lyndale Brandon Game Piece Name Age City Phone Postal Code email Do you have a Coop NoYes BRANDON Simply cut out the Coop game piece published in The Brandon Coop game pieces will be published Thursday and Saturday in the Brandon The completed game 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