Lyme Disease Awareness

I recently found out that Steave Rinella, one of America’s most prominent young hunters and food advocates was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.  I felt compelled to post about this issue to raise awareness amongst Canadian Hunters.

Lyme disease is present throughout southern Ontario.  Transmitted by a small insect know as a deer tick, this disease is caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia Burgdorferi.  The disease is treatable, but gets progressively worse if left with out medical attention.

“The first symptom of the disease may include the appearance of a red target like rash around the bite.  Although this rash is not always present on an infected individual.

The common symptoms are:

  • fatigue;
  • chills;
  • fever;
  • headache;
  • muscle and joint pain; and
  • swollen lymph nodes.

If untreated, the second stage of the disease, known as disseminated Lyme disease, can last up to  several months and include:

  • central and peripheral nervous system disorders;
  • multiple skin rashes;
  • arthritis and arthritic symptoms;
  • heart palpitations; and
  • extreme fatigue and general weakness.

If the disease remains untreated, the third stage can last months to years with symptoms that can include  recurring arthritis and neurological problems.”  – Public Health Agency of Canada

As an avid outdoor enthusiast I take Lyme disease very seriously and perform self checks after every outing in the woods.  This is a good habit to get into and can lead to early detection of a bite.  If bitten, see your local doctor or health clinic for removal and to obtain a test for Lyme disease.  Be safe out there!

Cheers From the Wild

Albert

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

http://canlyme.com/

Great source for info on Lyme Disease:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/lyme-fs-eng.php

Steve Rinella’s personal Site and TV series website:

http://www.stevenrinella.com/

http://themeateater.com/

2 thoughts on “Lyme Disease Awareness

  1. I loved Steve’s ‘MeatEater’ show! Yes, Lyme Disease can be devastating. I think the real problem is that it can be mistaken for something else and goes untreated until it is too late. Thanks for posting an important story.

  2. Pingback: Lyme Disease – Petition for Proper Diagnostic Tools | The Wilds of Ontario

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