Education and Information

Public Health Nurse Becky McKeon

Although, this video is from a different State, the information is well presented.

It reviews the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 

Add: put your clothes in the DRYER for 10-30 minutes to kill ticks in your clothes when coming in from outdoors. 

DO NOT put anything on a tick!! The tick will empty the gut into your blood stream.  Use tweezers only or a special tick remover.

 

A Diagnostic Dilemma by Virginia Savely,  Nurse Practioner 

 

Nurse Practitioner:
July 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 7 - p 44–50
doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000383661.45156.09
Feature: INFECTIOUS DISEASE
 
 
ABSTRACT
It is impossible to know the true prevalence of Lyme disease (LD), a bacterial illness transmitted through the bite of a tiny deer tick. Many cases go undiagnosed and the CDC admits that the disease is probably underreported by tenfold.1 LD is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), a genetically sophisticated spirochete with stealth pathology and numerous methods of immune system evasion. Like its close spirochetal cousin Treponema pallidum (the bacterium that causes syphilis), B. burgdorferi can cause disabling neurologic manifestations and present a puzzling diagnostic challenge. Because the disease is often missed in its early stages when treatment is most successful, years of needless morbidity and disability ensue for thousands of patients.2 This article presents the diagnostic challenges inherent in the diagnosis of LD and provides information about when to suspect LD and how to test for it.The erythema migrans (EM) rash, commonly known as the "bull's-eye rash" due to its characteristic shape, is diagnostic of LD. If a patient presents with an EM rash, there is no need for serologic testing, per the CDC. The EM rash may appear at the site of the tick bite or elsewhere on the body; there may be one or there may be many.1 However, if a patient presents with a history of a tick bite followed by symptoms of a headache, stiff neck, body ache, and low-grade fevers, LD should be highly suspect even in the absence of an EM rash.There are numerous reasons why the diagnosis of early LD is missed, leading patients to progress to the much more serious and difficult-to-treat disseminated LD. Many healthcare practitioners mistakenly believe LD is not endemic to their state, causing them to omit the diagnosis from their differential or discount the patient's concerns in this regard. Unfortunately, practitioners may not realize that LD has been found in every state.1 In states where B. burgdorferi-carrying ticks are not highly prevalent, the ticks