October 4, 1990
A Johns Hopkins University scientist says he has identified the Lyme disease bacterium in two white-footed mice captured in Druid Hill Park.Dr. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical epidemiologist, told a gathering of entomologists in Baltimore yesterday that, while the findings are still preliminary, "we think that's the first time Lyme disease has been found in an inner-city park."The search for infected mammals in the park was prompted by a diagnosis of Lyme disease last year in an elephant keeper at the Baltimore Zoo, which is in the park.
October 12, 1990
Epidemiologists don't yet know what to make of the discovery of Lyme disease spirochetes in ticks found on mice in Druid Hill Park. So far, the likelihood of a mass disease outbreak is small, even though the park borders crowded neighborhoods, according to Brian S. Schwartz, the Johns Hopkins entomologist who found the bacteria.That's because of the way the disease is spread. Young deer ticks live on white-footed mice, the type in which Dr. Schwartz found the disease, and they live exclusively in wooded areas.
June 7, 2007
Although more than 30,000 people in the U.S. are infected with Lyme disease each year, Dr. Robert Edelman says most infections can be avoided or, if not, then treated. "Even [with] a tick that has been feeding on you for one day, your chance of getting Lyme disease is remote, because it takes two to three days of feeding to infect people," he says. "Besides, four out of five ticks are not infected." Some ticks are difficult to see. When I'm checking my body, what areas should I pay closest attention to?
June 1, 2007
The Howard County Health Department reminds residents that spring and summer months increase the risk of exposure to ticks and the possibility of Lyme disease, which spread through the bite of an infected tick. According to the National Lyme Disease Risk Map developed by the Centers for Disease Control, Howard County and Maryland are in the high-risk areas of the United States. Ticks that carry the disease are commonly found in woods and in areas between lawns and woods. Symptoms may include fever, headaches, fatigue and a rash in the shape of a bulls-eye.
December 6, 1993
Lyme disease has been a controversial, almost faddish ailment since the tick-transmitted infection achieved widespread notoriety in the East in the 1980s. The symptoms such as arthritis, irritation and malaise are also associated with numerous other causes, physical and psychosomatic.Yet the bacterium carried by the black-legged tick is real, and human treatment with antibiotics seems clinically effective. A vaccine was developed for dogs, who can't avoid ticks, and scientists are working toward a preventive inoculation for horses.
June 20, 2002
HOWARD COUNTY lived in blissful oblivion to the danger of deer ticks until the mid-1970s, when Lyme disease was first associated with the tiny insects. It was about that time that West Friendship veterinarian Wendy Feaga first suspected she had the tick-borne disease. "The disease is pretty prevalent," Feaga said. "A lot of people have it and don't know it." While the name of the affliction is now commonly known, the disease remains somewhat a mystery to doctors and victims alike. Pinhead-sized deer ticks are the primary carriers of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that is fairly common in the Northeast.