Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

ticksticks

Babesiosis: New Tick-Borne Disease Is Freaking Me Out

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

Damn ticks.

Just when my paranoia over Lyme disease couldn’t get any worse, a new report today concludes that another tick-borne virus is causing alarm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (who should really just stick to making me laugh with zombie-related posts), the disease Babesiosis is starting to become more common in the Lower Hudson Valley and coastal areas of the Northeast. It’s spread through those tiny bastard deer ticks and thrives in red blood cells, brining on symptoms akin to malaria. In some cases, particularly with those that have already compromised immune systems, it can be fatal.

In addition, due to ineffective screening, the disease is also showing up in the blood supply. From the NY Times:

Babesiosis already is the most frequently reported infection transmitted through transfusion in the United States, responsible for at least 12 deaths. In New York City, six transfusion-associated cases of babesiosis were reported in 2009. Infection by this route can be serious: One study found approximately 30 percent of people who were infected by a transfusion died.

What to do? Well, if you’re like me, eschewing nature isn’t an option. Make sure to  avoid tall grasses and while hiking stay on trails. Check yourself (have someone assist, if necessary) after walks in the woods. Light clothing also helps in more easily spotting the abominations. I also read a study that, bizarrely enough, showed that more people attracted ticks by sitting on logs. So – no logs. When in doubt, just burn your clothing, home, and any other possible items that may have come in contact with the outdoors. Better to play it safe.

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments
blood

Study finds vegan blood is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells

Blood taken from vegans is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells!

thumbsup

Daycares in Finland are going vegan

A year-long vegan food trial is coming to Helsinki.

fight

Verbally abusing your vegan friends isn’t edgy, it’s just being a bully

If you’re a vegan who has had to deal with this, and especially if you come from a background of being abused in other ways, you are absolutely not alone