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:
- 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
Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
Great source for info on Lyme Disease:
Steve Rinella’s personal Site and TV series website: