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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:48 am 
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Just a heads-up that most riders don't really need, since we never really go off trail (unless of course we are thrown there in a crash). I was helping the Ranger look for a lost tortoise in Lopez on Wed.s, and came out of the grass with three ticks on me. One was just starting to bite me, so I gently backed it out. But a tiny red ring (1/5 the size of a dime) has appeared around the bite site. I'm going to the doc on Monday, but if you are one of the many who ride through Lopez on your lunch breaks or commute through there, be careful not to get off-trail.

Hopefully, I ain't got Lyme's or that Rabbit Fever I heard about in the ticks out there.

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A few weeks ago at Daley Ranch I found four ticks on me. I didn't even go off the trails. 'Tis the season.

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Last saturday at SCST's we all found ticks crawling on us, luckily they didnt burrow yet.


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I got 2 ticks @ Hollenbeck Canyon...


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Permethrin. Spray it on your clothes before you ride. Usually keeps ticks and other unwanted hitchhikers away. Good old DEET for your exposed legs, arms, neck, etc. I hate ticks!


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Here's some info on Tularemia AKA "Rabbit Fever", that was found in Lopez Canyon a while back.
From Medscape:

Tularemia
Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is transmitted by tick bites or contact with infected rabbits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reinstated it as a reportable illness in 2000 because of its potential as a bioweapons agent, leading to renewed interest and recognition of the disease.[1] The inhalational form of tularemia begins 3 to 5 days following exposure and can lead to respiratory failure in untreated cases. An annual average of 120 cases is reported each year in the United States, over half of which occur in Arkansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma.[8] Type A is common in North America and highly virulent in both humans and animals. Type B probably causes all human tularemia in Asia and Europe.[9]

Like patients with other tick-borne illnesses, individuals with tularemia typically experience an abrupt onset of flulike symptoms, including fever, myalgia, chills, and headache. Although there are several tularemic syndromes, the most common in North America is the ulceroglandular syndrome, which is characterized by a painful ulceration at the portal of entry, either a tick bite or a lesion that comes into contact with an infected animal, and regional tender lymphadenopathy. Pneumonic tularemia is less common and is associated with a mortality rate as high as 30%-60%.[10]

Diagnosis is clinical and dependent on a history of either a tick bite or exposure to rabbits or other mammals in endemic areas. Common laboratory tests are usually nonspecific. Although antibody testing is definitive, changes may not be noted for 1-2 weeks.

Once again, the key to effective treatment is early recognition and diagnosis. Streptomycin is the drug of choice; doxycycline is among the alternative agents used. An effective vaccine is available that is derived from avirulent Francisella tularensis biovar palaearctica (type B), which is more common in Europe and less prevalent in the United States. The vaccine has been used to protect laboratory workers who are exposed to the bacterium. Recently, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded grants to 4 biosafety level-3 (BSL-3) laboratories to support the development of a vaccine with broader application.[11]

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^^^ That's it. I'm canceling my summer vacation to that rabbit farm in Oklahoma. The kids will be so disappointed. :(


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^^^ That's it. I'm canceling my summer vacation to that rabbit farm in Oklahoma. The kids will be so disappointed. :(


You might also cancel the trip to that Tick Petting Zoo you had planned for them too.

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Ticks Test Positive for 'Rabbit Fever' in Sorrento Valley

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I think it was last year when I rode there in the morning, showered off, and was relaxing afterwards reading DT & email when I received the email from Ranger Gina about the ticks.
Perfect timing as always.. :oops:

Do we have to act like monkeys post ride and check each other for ticks? :lol:




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