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Wisconsin Woods a Hotspot For Lyme Disease – Preventive Strategies

Wisconsin Woods a Hotspot For Lyme Disease – Preventive Strategies


Our addition: No doubt, Wisconsin is a dangerous area in regard to the contraction of Lyme. No incursion in the woods of this state can be deemed safe unless adequate precautions are taken. From April through September at any moment a person could become attacked by the arch-dangerous carrier of Lyme, the black-legged deer tick, known medically as Iodoxes scapularis. 
It’s a total epidemic. Countless residents of this state have become infected, some knowingly and others unknowingly. Furthermore, no one should get Lyme disease or its associated conditions. It’s not worth it. The fact is it is too dangerous. In this regard every effort should be made to prevent it from occurring. Moreover, if it is contracted, an aggressive effort must be made to eradicate it from the body as rapidly as possible.
Who knows how many people in Wisconsin or those who have visited the state have contracted this dreaded disease. Surely, this numbers in the millions. Consider the risk. According to the latest data as many as 35% of all deer ticks in the state are infested. Yet, all ticks possess some kind of noxious germ, actually, germs. The risks are increased also by the fact that the population of ticks is expanding, according to in-the-field investigators such as Diep H. Johnson of the State Department of Health Services.  Notes Johnson, one of the risks for contraction in higher numbers is the fact that humans are moving into heavy tick concentration areas, that is to build homes and communities.
Wisconsin investigators give out the reminder of the dangers of Lyme infestation. If not caught quickly and treated promptly with germ-killing substances, whether antibiotic drugs or natural source, such as the oil of wild oregano, the consequences are dire: arthritis, meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis, heart problems, and other serious complications.
The estimates for the disease, nationally, are quite high, with some 300,000 new cases occurring yearly. Yet, this number is surely low. How many people report their Lyme? How many cases go undiagnosed? How many cases of the disease are diagnosed wrongly as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, heart block, cardiomyopathy, neuritis, Bell’s palsy, and MS as well as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, chronic fatigue syndrome, encephalitis, meningitis, among others?
Certain parts of the states are more heavily infested than others, the more remote, woody areas being the worst. In the UW-Eau Claire study, the Wisconsin counties with the highest infected tick prevalence rates were Chippewa (66.7%); Dunn (44.4%); and Eau Claire (36.5%).
Here is what the local experts have stated:
The prevalence also significantly increased each year of the research by Lloyd Turtinen, a virologist and biology professor, and several undergrads who collected the ticks and did much of the testing.
In 2010, the infected tick prevalence from all 21 counties was 21.6%. It increased to 32.4% in 2011, 40.9% in 2012, and 51.2% in 2013, according to Turtinen.
“It reinforces what we know,” said Susan Paskewitz, a UW-Madison professor of entomology and the state’s leading expert on ticks and their transmission of Lyme disease.
Not every physician reports Lyme disease cases, even though reporting is required, because not all persons with Lyme disease get the bull’s eye rash that automatically makes it reportable. Lyme disease also is often misdiagnosed because many of its symptoms are similar to other infections, rheumatoid arthritis and various neurological diseases, Johnson said.
It can be seen that there is no guarantee that the condition will be diagnosed in a timely manner. Plus, there the number of treatment modalities in orthodox medicine are limited. Thus, the key is prevention. In this regard it is crucial to take certain steps. These steps are as follows:

  • be sure to only wear light-colored clothes
  • make sure that the socks are pulled up over the pant legs; never fail to follow this action
  • rub the skin with oil of wild oregano to minimize the toxicity of any bite, whether by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flies, or others
  • check the light-colored clothes often while in the wilderness; check the clothes of others
  • inspect the body carefully upon returning home or indoors after any outing
  • take the oil of wild oregano (edible type) as drops under the tongue as often as possible, a few drops at a time; this will create a protective saturation of the blood with this natural antiseptic
  • after the wilderness excursion strip off all clothes and put them in a plastic bag; wash them, adding an antiseptic spray to the washing cycle
  • take a shower as soon as returning from any excursion or outdoors work project, washing the body vigorously

Following these steps will significantly reduce the incidence of this disease. It is most essential that people avoid Lyme disease. That is the best treatment of all.

1 thought on “Wisconsin Woods a Hotspot For Lyme Disease – Preventive Strategies”

  1. I am confused why this epidemic is not being researched more and some sort of attack being applied by humans to stop this rapid expansion of their numbers…..30 yrs ago they were not in this part of Wisconsin (Madison/Milwaukee ….now they are everywhere and a constant danger to humans and pets alike. They should be eradicating their nests and more research done to figure out how we can break their growth cycles….I wonder why some forests/grassy areas seem packed with them and other areas just hundreds of feet away seem to lack any…Anybody got ideas?

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