Well, summer has been back for a couple of days but we are being told that it will be cooling off again so it continues to be up and down weather. One thing that sure happened with the cold weather, then the warm up, is that the mosquitoes figured it was spring and are really out in force again. This crew of mosquitoes seems to be oblivious to any kind of repellent and they just enjoy feasting on you.
Speaking of critters you find out in the woods, I received the following article on lime disease and was rather surprised Michigan was not on the list seeing I know of a number of people who had lime disease. This is the information put out by the Center for Disease Control.
Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported. As many as 300,000 Americans are actually diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.
Usually, only 20,000 to 30,000 illnesses are reported each year. For many years, CDC officials have known that many doctors don’t report every case and that the true count was probably much higher.
The new figure is the CDC’s most comprehensive attempt at a better estimate. The number comes from a survey of seven national laboratories, a national patient survey and a review of insurance information.
“It’s giving us a fuller picture and it’s not a pleasing one,” said Dr. Paul Mead, who oversees the agency’s tracking of Lyme disease.
The ailment is named after Lyme, Conn., where the illness was first identified in 1975. It’s a bacteria transmitted through the bites of infected deer ticks, which can be about the size of a poppy seed.
Symptoms include a fever, headache and fatigue and sometimes a telltale rash that looks like a bull’seye centered on the tick bite. Most people recover with antibiotics. If left untreated, the infection can cause arthritis and more severe problems.
In the U.S., the majority of Lyme disease reports have come from 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
I am sure a lot of you already heard about the girl down by Traverse City that was attacked by a black bear. Across the country there have been a number of bear attacks reported but this one was closer to home. The DNR put out the following news on the bear attack.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that Abby Wetherell, 12, was injured Thursday by an attack by a black bear in Wexford County, north of Cadillac. Abby was airlifted to Munson Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is in stable condition and under observation. She suffered deep lacerations in her thigh.
Conservation Officers Sam Koscinski and Holly Pennoni from the DNR were quickly on scene following the attack, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in Haring Township. Abby, who lives in Haring Township, was returning from a cabin down a two-track road when she caught sight of a bear. She began to run in hopes of reaching nearby homes. The bear attacked and clawed her. Abby was able to get to her feet and ran again. The bear caught up with her and attacked a second time. She shouted for help and a neighbor heard her and ran to her aid calling her name. This startled the bear and the bear ran off.
She has since been treated and released from the hospital.