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Janice70
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Are there ticks in Hawaii that carry Lyme? The Hawaii Department of Health says no.
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janice, YES; we have at least 12 members here from hawaii w/lyme.


see the 50 states compiled nos. link below!! ALL 50 have; may be NOT every year, but they do!


1980 - Jan. 2008 ...all 50 states broken down by years!

http://www.lyme.org/resources/1980-cumulative.htm



Betty note: I tried printing out the chart, but it goes SIDEWAYS, and tried printing in pages 1, 2, 3; it kept printing page 1 only! So just a warning if others try to do this; use your PRINT REVIEW FIRST which I did, and indicated DIFFERENT pages, but still got page 1 only! I gave up after 8 tries! uffda [Smile]

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Tincup
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The health department says so. Hmmmmm...

[lol]

If they were right about that.. I do believe it would be the first time they were right about anything concerning tick borne diseases.

Migratory birds, imported animals, wood shipments, etc can bring ticks and Lyme to areas not expected. So unless ALL birds and other animals are 100 percent tick free.. and have been for hundreds of years...

And it is totally impossible for any other "thing" to transmit Lyme other than a deer tick... and I wish I had a nickel for every time the health department was wrong..

My bet is the health department is wrong again.

What compounds the problem, Hawaii does not have.. or didn't have.. mandatory reporting of Lyme. That makes hardly anyone aware it can be there. If they don't think it is there.. no one is looking for it and it won't be found.

The health departments theory... lack of evidence means it can';t happen has always sucked.. like the ticks they claimed they didn't have here and there and have ALWAYS been proven wrong.

Check Melanie's Memorial site under State Statistics on the left menu. Then click on Hawaii.

http://www.lymememorial.org/State_Stats/State_Statistics_Hawaii.htm


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http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047449.htm


Exposure. Exposure is defined as having been (less than or equal to 30 days before onset of EM) in wooded, brushy, or grassy areas (i.e., potential tick habitats) in a county in which Lyme disease is endemic. A history of tick bite is not required.

Disease endemic to county. A county in which Lyme disease is endemic is one in which at least two confirmed cases have been previously acquired or in which established populations of a known tick vector are infected with B. burgdorferi.

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http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/meetings_reports/e-news/july-12-2006


"ANIMAL DISEASE PREVENTION & SURVEILLANCE

Animal Industry staff found dead ticks on a horse two days after it was shipped from Florida, passed thru California, and arrived in Honolulu.

Arriving horses are sprayed upon arrival with insecticide. The ticks were identified by the HDOA taxonomist as Pacific Coast ticks, which are not known to occur in Hawaii.

Horses in the entire shipment were re-examined several times and no other horses have been found with the tick. The tick is not believed to be a vector of serious disease; however, as a precaution, bedding and areas where the horse is kept were treated.

Three cats originating from Massachusetts entered rabies quarantine and were found to have suspicious ticks, which were later identified as the deer tick, not known to occur in Hawaii.

The cats were disinfested and their area treated. Deer ticks may transmit infectious disease, such as Lyme disease."

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Seems that you can get Lyme just about anywhere, and not just from Ticks alone...
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Go to Hawi on the Big Island. The descendants of the one that got me are probably still enjoying the backs of cows and the peacocks! on that meadow running down the hill. I sat on the lawn nearby photographing the beautiful blossoms on the bushes around my friends' property.

They have now sold the property - the husband has the very same Parkinsonism/MS problems like my husband, one surgery after the next, and my friend has arthritis and severe vision problems. They just don't know yet why! they are sick.

I have been talking with them over the whole 12 years and they still haven't gotten the message!

What makes you think a government body should get the message?

Thank God I am alive and well again, but my husband is still struggling and now doing the Allergie Immun therapy I have been posting about.

If you keep doing what you have always been doing you will get what you always got!

Take care.

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Lyme is pandemic, probably in no small part due to human-to-human transmission.

BTW...there's a Lyme-like disease, leptospirosis, that's also prevalent down there (probably due to Japanese biowarfare during WWII.)*

*http://lyme-rage.info/spirowarfare.html

[ 02-23-2009, 11:41 AM: Message edited by: adamm ]

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