Skip to comments.Oklahoma: Man dies after acquiring Heartland virus
Posted on 05/27/2014 8:50:48 PM PDT by Olog-hai
An Oklahoma man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, making him the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness, state health officials said Tuesday.
The state Department of Health released few details but said the man was from Delaware County in northeast Oklahoma, was over the age of 65 and died recently from complications of the virus, which is found in the lone star tick and is likely spread through tick bites. The virus was first identified in 2009, in Missouri.
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They're the Democrats of the arachnid world. I don't mind a good honest spider offering to up and bite me, but this business of slithering around till they get a good hidden place on ya is just vile.
WOW! That’s next door in Oklahoma! Spread through tick bites? They are thick this year!
Ugh. HATE ticks! Virbac makes a good tick spray for yards. I don’t know if a growth regulator (IGR, like Archer) would work on them since they’re not insects.
Just googled & Methoprene is the growth regulator for ticks. Don’t know anything about it wrt to safety/ applications, though.
Don’t know if this counts ...
Guinea hens and chickens just LOVE ticks. And the HOA’s and towns hate the birds. So which is worse ticks and tick borne diseases or pretty birds that walk around and eat them.
On the negative side of course is the birds can be loud and noisy and the do shit. But when they are free range and not cooped up the shit is very well dispersed and is nearly unnoticeable.
Would DDT work on Ticks?
Aren't Lime Disease and most other insect borne diseases bacterial?
"The epidemic of cocoliztli from 1545 to 1548 killed an estimated 5 million to 15 million people, or up to 80% of the native population of Mexico (Figure 1). In absolute and relative terms the 1545 epidemic was one of the worst demographic catastrophes in human history, approaching even the Black Death of bubonic plague, which killed approximately 25 million in western Europe from 1347 to 1351 or about 50% of the regional population."
" But careful reanalysis of the 1545 and 1576 epidemics now indicates that they were probably hemorrhagic fevers, likely caused by an indigenous virus and carried by a rodent host."
Thanks for the ping!
Wow. Old thread.
Yeah, scary. I’ve already picked a lone star tick off my little boy, and that was only after 30 minutes in the woods! And I thought the Ozark Bobcat Fever getting my cats could be bad.
Yorlik, I have no idea.
The Working Man, I guess they probably do. But it seems like more & more people are keeping chickens. I would & could, if we had a bigger yard. I would Love to have fresh eggs! (HOAs suck. It’s just a matter of time till they want to do interior “inspections”)
Actually, when I was a kid, I had 2 Easter chickens that grew up to be big Leghorn roosters & lived till I was in high school. The silly things would crow anytime a light came on within their field of view. Chicken droppings are a great fertilizer.
(I’d stlll spray for ticks, though. I can’t stand them.)