The deer tick, a well-known carrier of the bacteria causing Lyme disease, first settled in eastern Nebraska, in the districts of Douglas, Sarpy and Saunders, health officials said on Tuesday.
The presence of the deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick, means that people can become infected with Lyme disease as they are bitten by infected ticks.
In a warning sent on Tuesday, health officials said that lab tests are being carried out to determine if the collected ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme or other known tick-borne pathogens.
Sign up for the Live Well Nebraska Newsletter
Get the latest healthcare headlines and inspirational stories straight to your inbox.
So far, Nebraska health officials have not confirmed cases of Lyme disease originating in the state. On Tuesday's alert, they encouraged health care providers to increase their alertness.
Typical symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a rash that, according to the Federal Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases forms a porthole pattern. Lyme disease can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Most people recover completely, although some have joint pain that can be treated with medication. Without treatment, however, the infection may spread and affect the joints, hearing and nervous system.
Confirmation of the presence of the tick is based on monitoring by the Department of Agriculture of Nebraska.
Residents of the three districts must pay attention to the tick and take precautions.
"You have to have this on your radar screen: we have another hook that has surfaced," said Roberto Cortinas of the University of Nebraska's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The problem is that the deer tick is very small and hard to spot – nymphs are dark and about the size of sesame seeds, and adults are slightly larger. Both can carry the bacteria and both can bite humans. The nymphs are usually found in the spring and should have reached their peak, Cortinas said. Adults should show up in late August and early September.
Deer ticks are usually found in wooded areas, he said, like those that were recently found in the state. People should check themselves, family members and pets after visiting such areas.
Anyone who believes that they are exposed to ticks should also take a shower. Pets that have been abandoned should be bathed.
Other ways to prevent tick bites:
- Avoid tall grass and shrubs
- Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts in bright colors
- Do not wear sandals on shoes that cover your feet
- Put the trouser legs in the socks and the shirts in the pants
- Use an approved repellent that is also used for mosquitoes
Now that the ticks are in the state, they could spread, said Cortinas, but entomologists are not sure.
Plans for additional tick monitoring are made according to state health authorities.
Matthew Eledge and her husband Elliot Dougherty are planning to explain to their daughter about her unusual birth so that she can understand that her grandmother has set up the garden she grew up in and that her aunt Lea Yribe generously provided the seeds ,
A pothole did a favor to a passenger when the ambulance he was in met his first responders. Gretna's firefighters took a man with chest pain and high heart rate to the hospital. On the way to Lakeside Hospital, the ambulance hit a pothole. The jolt returned the patient's heart rate to normal.
The doctors thought they were brain dead, and took the former play-by-play spokesman T. Scott Marr of Creighton Bluejays from life. Before settling in a funeral home, his family decided to see their father again. When they got there, he was awake and talking.
Karla Perez was 22 weeks pregnant when she suffered a catastrophic cerebral hemorrhage and was declared brain dead. Her unborn child lived, but would not survive the birth. So family and doctors kept her alive. Angel was born eight weeks later.
Darnisha Ladd never thought that Snapchat would save her life after suffering a stroke. Since doctors and relatives needed a precise schedule, they trusted an entry in the phone app and were able to give her the necessary medication in a timely manner.
The triplets of Lindsey and Derek Teten are one in a million. Literally. The three daughters of the Nebraska City couple, born in late June 2017, are identical and conceived without fertility treatment. The girls were the second group of spontaneous triplets born at Methodist Women's Hospital. The first set, also girls, was born in 2015.
The doctors diagnosed the paralysis Justin Chenier had in his legs as Guillain-Barre syndrome. It would be so serious that the Omaha man would almost lose consciousness of screaming pain. The syndrome was triggered by the West Nile virus.
Kenze Messman diagnosed several chronic diseases. Sometimes her heart rate climbs, seizures knock her to the ground and migraine leaves her in the dark. And one of the complaints leads to the 17-year-old being allergic to almost everything.
The skin on Sharan Bryson's leg was black because of a lack of circulation. She felt nothing but a sharp, stabbing pain. The leg was dead and her best option was amputation. Bryson jumped back and put her hard work to the test by running a 5km run.
Chase Tiemann had numerous operations in his young life, including the amputation of his left arm. The Omaha boy suffers from a disease in which tumors – sometimes benign, sometimes cancerous – form on his body. To strengthen his mood after an amputation, the Papillion fire department appointed Chase honorary firefighter.
Wesley Woods fought against heart disease for 20 years. He had nine heart attacks, multiple surgeries, and a heart transplant. He was sick of the hospitals. Tired of chest pain. It is tired to feel tired. Woods was lucky – he received a second transplant.
Amber Kudrna was not sure if she would have her own child. After two kidney transplants, the doctors gave the Omaha woman a laundry list with possible pregnancy complications. Kudrna and husband Adam weighed their options and in September 2018 welcomed a little boy.
Joe Nolan could not shake off the pain of his son James. But he could find a way to share it. Nolan got a tattoo that arched over his head like his son's scar. James was born with a handful of diseases, including one in which his skull has to be regularly reshaped.