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.
June 30, 1992
A growing number of Lyme Disease victims whose often crippling symptoms don't disappear after conventional treatment are clamoring for long-term antibiotic treatment that the experts insist is probably a waste of money.There is no evidence in the medical literature that [long-term antibiotic therapy] is necessary, or that you get a better result" than with the standard two to four weeks of oral or IV antibiotics, said Dr. Allan C. Steere, chief of rheumatology and immunology at the New England Medical Center, in Boston.
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.
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 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.
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.