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[at-l] FW: Another Tick-borne Disease
Here's some news you can use.
> May 6, 1997
>BALTIMORE (Johns Hopkins) - Lyme disease isn't the only tick-borne
>danger that can threaten summer hikers. Another, recently discovered, is
>called HGE (human granulocytic ehrlichiosis).
> Like Lyme disease, HGE is carried by ticks that live on deer and other
>animal populations. It can infect humans, and if left untreated, it can
>be fatal. Johns Hopkins Ph.D. student Jennifer Walls has tracked its
>activity in deer and bear populations in the midwest. Not only is HGE
>starting to spread to other regions, but Walls says it's a trickster to
>humans, because it looks so much like the flu.
> "It has a lot of the same symptoms, so it's hard to recognize, and
>that's why it's been misdiagnosed a lot of times," says Walls. "Because
>most of the time you just get fever, headaches, and malaise, and a lot
>of fatigue. It's really general, and it's hard to say if it's the flu or
> HGE is easily cured with antibiotics, if it's caught early. As with
>Lyme disease, sensible precautions apply for a walk in the woods. Wear
>long pants, high socks, and check yourself for tick bites later on.
>Copyright 1997 The Johns Hopkins University. All rights reserved.
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