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(Gizmodo)   Thanks to climate change, ticks are expanding their geographic footprint and bringing Lyme disease with them to parts of the country that hasn't seen it before. SPOON   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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2017-11-14 12:19:13 PM  
The Tick crank calls Terror
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2017-11-14 12:33:05 PM  
Met a dude last week that almost died from the new tick borne disease. Good times
 
2017-11-14 12:54:13 PM  
Little details like this have potential to shift opinion on climate change

For most people, stories about "one degree hotter" or "2 foot rise in sea level in 30 years" sound like abstract opinion, but if you give them something to fear, it becomes something concrete they need to take into account.
 
2017-11-14 03:46:34 PM  
Well, at least if you get Lyme disease it protects you against scurvy.
 
2017-11-14 03:47:49 PM  

question_dj: Met a dude last week that almost died from the new tick borne disease. Good times


THAT thing sounds horrible!  What is it about ticks and brain diseases?  Merely a coincidence or are they particularly good vectors for diseases of the nervous system?
 
2017-11-14 04:22:34 PM  
Gimme Fiction is a really good album, though.
 
2017-11-14 04:23:49 PM  
Silent Spring was a complete fabrication bring back ddt and nuke the farkers.
 
2017-11-14 04:24:04 PM  
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2017-11-14 04:24:05 PM  
well...they had to stop protecting that bus station and move on to The City eventually.
 
2017-11-14 04:24:54 PM  
My friend was diagnosed with Lyme disease a few months ago, so I'm really getting a kick...

Honestly though, it really sucks. He has his good and bad days....
 
2017-11-14 04:25:06 PM  
I give my dog a pill that keeps her free of ticks and fleas for 90 days. She's also vaccinated against Lyme Disease.
 
2017-11-14 04:25:35 PM  
Lyme disease ticks me off.
 
2017-11-14 04:25:48 PM  
The ticks have been getting worse every year in my neck of the woods. They also would usually only pop out in Spring, but this year I was picking them off of me well into Summer.

What kind of loving, caring deity would create such horrible things?
 
2017-11-14 04:27:36 PM  

Mr.Poops: My friend was diagnosed with Lyme disease a few months ago, so I'm really getting a kick...

Honestly though, it really sucks. He has his good and bad days....


It really does suck, as if there arent enough excuses for people to stay sequestered in their little boxes already we can mow throw this into the mix.
 
2017-11-14 04:30:10 PM  
Lyme disease? Now I'm half way to making Sprite!
 
2017-11-14 04:30:40 PM  
I had a tick soundbite, "You're not going crazy Authur. You're going sane in a crazy world!" as as a sound effect for a video game I wrote about 15 years ago for the Jornada 6xx/7xx series HPC (yeah, yeah, don't judge me)
 
2017-11-14 04:31:23 PM  
I am thinking it is going to be revealed in season two that the tick was just an ordinary tick, that bit a radioactive Arthur.
 
2017-11-14 04:31:43 PM  
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2017-11-14 04:31:49 PM  
Ticks are nature's candy.
 
2017-11-14 04:33:52 PM  
It's odd that Lyme is very heavy in Wisconsin and Minnesota (and northern Illinois), but not nearly as much so in Michigan.
 
2017-11-14 04:35:39 PM  

Mega Steve: The ticks have been getting worse every year in my neck of the woods. They also would usually only pop out in Spring, but this year I was picking them off of me well into Summer.

What kind of loving, caring deity would create such horrible things?


I farking HATE ticks. Like a farking psychological hate that burns inside me with the power of a thousand suns. Living in AZ was hell. I could wake up in the night because a tick was walking across me. The in laws got a bad infestation, and it moved with them when they went to a new house. We took the dog over once and I picked 100 or so ticks off of him(Somewhere over a hundred, but I can't remember how many exactly, so I'm rounding down here). I would pick them off and drop them in rubbing alcohol to kill them. Then I'd pour it onto the driveway and set that on fire, to kill them all over again.

Did I mention that I hate ticks?

At least here in Utah, you usually only get ticks when you're out pushing your way through sagebrush all day long.
 
2017-11-14 04:35:48 PM  
They had a vaccine for Lyme disease, but pulled it from the market, I'm not sure why.  Lyme disease is no joke - it will fark you up.  My boss had to eventually get wired up with a catheter so he could have intravenous antibiotics.  For a month.  Flying to visit clients wearing a suit, with a catheter in your arm and vials of antibiotics?  Major pain in the ass.
 
2017-11-14 04:38:23 PM  
The ticks are merely carriers of the disease, rodents are the source. If you feed squirrels or birds you are also feeding disease infested rodents.
 
2017-11-14 04:39:59 PM  
California is not as sporadic as that map would make it seem. Lyme has been around for years in NW CA. Four people I know have it. It is annoying at the least, and utterly debilitating for others.
 
2017-11-14 04:40:08 PM  
CSB:
My first week of work, in the mountains, I got two ticks. After taking off my long-sleeved shirt, I noticed one burrowing its head in my forearm. It must have fallen down my glove and climbed up. Removed it with little problem, but kept a nervous eye out for the "bullseye" mark of Lyme's Disease. Two days later, putting my long-sleeved shirt back on after break, I saw a tick on the shirt, which means I had been walking around with it under me shirt.

Back in town, I bought a tick remover and put it in my little bag with bandaids and toilet paper.
Not a single tick has tried making friends with me after I bought the tick remover.
The magic rock actually works!
 
2017-11-14 04:40:47 PM  
I don't see how climate change would cause this.  I would think if there was a correlation to climate change you would see the spread northward not southward...
 
2017-11-14 04:41:04 PM  

steelydanfan: It's odd that Lyme is very heavy in Wisconsin and Minnesota (and northern Illinois), but not nearly as much so in Michigan.


Clearly climate change.  Or, animals carrying the disease spreading it, as also mentioned in TFA.

Oddly this year I experienced far fewer ticks than in the previous 9 years in Georgia.
 
2017-11-14 04:41:42 PM  
Since lyme supposedly started in the northeast, does this mean they are moving farther north, or south?
 
2017-11-14 04:44:45 PM  

Mega Steve: The ticks have been getting worse every year in my neck of the woods. They also would usually only pop out in Spring, but this year I was picking them off of me well into Summer.

What kind of loving, caring deity would create such horrible things?


Coastal CA beach grass is full of them. All over. As we don't have any real temperature extremes, they never are killed off.
 
2017-11-14 04:44:52 PM  
Climate change causes a tick from northern cool area to expand? I don't get the connection. If it were a tick from warmer areas moving into cooler areas that are now warm enough for the ticks, then climate change would make sense. But this is the exact opposite. Lyme Connecticut is where it got its name. Article cited no evidence. How the hell am I supposed to believe climate change is causing this unless I just accept it? Religion!
 
2017-11-14 04:45:20 PM  

TheLogicAvenger: Silent Spring was a complete fabrication bring back ddt and nuke the farkers.


Good idea, problem is there too many folks out there that are afraid of "chemicals".
 
2017-11-14 04:45:39 PM  
Tocks feel slighted, film at 11....
 
2017-11-14 04:49:21 PM  
FWIW, a friend of mine swears by putting a little brewers yeast in his dogs food and a little of his own to ward off tick bites. Not sure how it work but neither of them ever get bit and they're always outside or in the brush working.
 
2017-11-14 04:51:08 PM  

steelydanfan: It's odd that Lyme is very heavy in Wisconsin and Minnesota (and northern Illinois), but not nearly as much so in Michigan.


It's probably spreading via wildlife migration
 
2017-11-14 04:51:58 PM  

Wellon Dowd: I give my dog a pill that keeps her free of ticks and fleas for 90 days. She's also vaccinated against Lyme Disease.


There are vaccines against Lyme, they just won't be sold in the US due to lawsuits.  Unfortunately the US government decided that since Lyme doesn't effect the entire geographic US (although >50% of the population is at risk), it is ineligible for legal protection like measles mumps, and rubella etc.  Hopefully Europe will approve one of the several in clinical trials there, then those that can afford to travel there can get a jab on their trip.  Those in Trumpistan will likely lose their basic healthcare next year, to cheers of victory over blue libs, never mind realizing that they could have protection against the disease.
 
2017-11-14 04:53:18 PM  
I remember when this thing got started when I was living on Long Island in the early 90s.  Years later, a bunch of my clients in the Hamptons had it.  Deer everywhere out there.
 
2017-11-14 04:55:29 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: steelydanfan: It's odd that Lyme is very heavy in Wisconsin and Minnesota (and northern Illinois), but not nearly as much so in Michigan.

Clearly climate change.  Or, animals carrying the disease spreading it, as also mentioned in TFA.

Oddly this year I experienced far fewer ticks than in the previous 9 years in Georgia.


Wisconsin has almost the same exact f*cking climate (and more or less ecology) as Michigan and has had the same exact climate pretty much since the last remnants of the ice age.

My question, and maybe I should have just googled it myself, is how is it that Wisconsin and Minnesota are cauldrons of Lyme while Michigan not nearly so much.
 
2017-11-14 04:56:23 PM  
"parts of the country that hasn't seen it before"
What country is it that hasn't seen it before? Don't you mean parts of the country that haven't seen it before?
 
2017-11-14 04:57:03 PM  

Northern: Wellon Dowd: I give my dog a pill that keeps her free of ticks and fleas for 90 days. She's also vaccinated against Lyme Disease.

There are vaccines against Lyme, they just won't be sold in the US due to lawsuits.  Unfortunately the US government decided that since Lyme doesn't effect the entire geographic US (although >50% of the population is at risk), it is ineligible for legal protection like measles mumps, and rubella etc.  Hopefully Europe will approve one of the several in clinical trials there, then those that can afford to travel there can get a jab on their trip.  Those in Trumpistan will likely lose their basic healthcare next year, to cheers of victory over blue libs, never mind realizing that they could have protection against the disease.


I like how you say those in the US wouldn't be able to get it due to prior adminstration decisions and then still try to blame Trump.   If it's not in the US they wouldn't get it regardless of healthcare status.   And not fining people for not buying healthcare isn't exactly forcing them away from it.
 
2017-11-14 04:58:39 PM  
Beware the Lone Star tick, its bite makes you allergic to red meat.

"The bite of this tick can cause a person to develop a meat allergy to nonprimate mammalian meat and meat products.[16] This allergy is characterized by adult onset, and a delayed reaction of urticaria or anaphylaxis appearing 4-8 hours after consumption of the allergen. The allergen has been identified as a carbohydrate called galactose-α-1,3-galactose (alpha gal). As well as occurring in nonprimate mammals, alpha gal is also found in cat dander and in patients taking Cetuximab. Commercial tests for alpha gal IgE became available following research."
 
2017-11-14 04:59:41 PM  
lyme tick hit the n.j. county i lived in in the early and mid 80's and i knew dozens of people who got it. it was pretty much so and so got it this month type of news. it was almost like don't tell me it is aids, don't tell me it is aids. the 80's weren't  a great time to be a young adult in some situations.
 
2017-11-14 05:01:09 PM  
I have a recurring nightmare about finding a tick on my balls...

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2017-11-14 05:03:37 PM  
Choose one:
a) fake news
b) Ticks have always been changing, and they will continue to change
c) I have a snowball
d) my freezer still works
3) suck it, climate changers!
 
2017-11-14 05:04:18 PM  

Priapetic: They had a vaccine for Lyme disease, but pulled it from the market, I'm not sure why.  Lyme disease is no joke - it will fark you up.  My boss had to eventually get wired up with a catheter so he could have intravenous antibiotics.  For a month.  Flying to visit clients wearing a suit, with a catheter in your arm and vials of antibiotics?  Major pain in the ass.


There is a free publication on the case.  Basically the vaccine is not protected by the scientific review panel.  So tort attorneys filed suit, the plaittiffs put out a lot of bad press on the vaccine and sales plummeted.  The company settled and stoped selling it.  It is extremely unlikely that a vaccine for Lyme will be sold in the US due to the threat of immediate lawsuits, and #45 is an anti-vaccine President so don't expect this to change until after 2024.
 
2017-11-14 05:04:43 PM  
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Tick diseases are most prevalent at the northern limit of their range. This seems to be true in Europe, too.

If anything, warming would tend to decrease the incidence of Lyme disease, since its carrier appears to not like extended warmth.
 
2017-11-14 05:07:10 PM  

steelydanfan: NotThatGuyAgain: steelydanfan: It's odd that Lyme is very heavy in Wisconsin and Minnesota (and northern Illinois), but not nearly as much so in Michigan.

Clearly climate change.  Or, animals carrying the disease spreading it, as also mentioned in TFA.

Oddly this year I experienced far fewer ticks than in the previous 9 years in Georgia.

Wisconsin has almost the same exact f*cking climate (and more or less ecology) as Michigan and has had the same exact climate pretty much since the last remnants of the ice age.

My question, and maybe I should have just googled it myself, is how is it that Wisconsin and Minnesota are cauldrons of Lyme while Michigan not nearly so much.


It's moving into Michigan, but Michigan does have a different climate than Minnesota and Wisconsin. It's east of Lake Michigan, so western Michigan is warmer and more moist than Minnesota and Wisconsin at the same latitude. This is also true for the Upper Peninsula, along the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan coasts.
 
2017-11-14 05:09:02 PM  
Maybe now we can actually work on trying to cure Lyme instead of pissing ourselves about it and doing nothing other than checking our nuts every few days
 
2017-11-14 05:21:09 PM  
Spoon?
 
2017-11-14 05:25:45 PM  

bobadooey: Maybe now we can actually work on trying to cure Lyme instead of pissing ourselves about it and doing nothing other than checking our nuts every few days


They also hide on your taint using "The Dingleberry Defense ".
 
2017-11-14 05:54:24 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I don't see how climate change would cause this.  I would think if there was a correlation to climate change you would see the spread northward not southward...


stirfrybry: Climate change causes a tick from northern cool area to expand? I don't get the connection. If it were a tick from warmer areas moving into cooler areas that are now warm enough for the ticks, then climate change would make sense. But this is the exact opposite. Lyme Connecticut is where it got its name. Article cited no evidence. How the hell am I supposed to believe climate change is causing this unless I just accept it? Religion!


Animals carry these ticks, don'tchaknow?

Animals move from place to place. people have seen it happen on occasion. Migrating seasons change, warm weather lasts longer, animals stay in a region longer, parasites spread as a result. Or those animals move and never migrate back. Or those animals find out that there is better food just over the mountains, due to the seasons, so they go there. Or the weather dries up in the more humid areas and the region becomes more welcoming to the ticks.

See climate change is about more than just a single factor. There are plenty of ways that changing climate can have consequences, it's not just "Durr! It's hotter outside!!".
 
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