Protect Your Children from Ticks
A fellow Tick Talker who’s a Health & Safety Officer in County Kerry has recently been in touch with his local council. Concerned that children may be at risk of contracting Lyme in a playground on the edge of Killarney National Park, a spot that’s *endemic for ticks, he suggested that warning signs should be placed in the vicinity. News has reached us that the sign is now up per photo below.. This is good news & will hopefully pave the way for more warnings across Ireland.
A Tick in Time Saves Lyme!
As a reminder Tick Talk Ireland’s Event is coming up on 1st May 2011. This is to mark the 1st day of Tick Awareness Week 2011. The program of events include:
Sponsored Walk from 2pm (registration from 1pm – book in advance & receive a free sponsorship card & music event ticket)
Free Lyme Disease Presentation at 7pm at Arklow Bay Hotel
Music Events, Guess the Name of the Bear Competition**
Plus sponsored leg waxing, raffles & loads of prizes including Royal Doulton Plates, European Spa Facial, Wine and Chocolate Hamper, €50 Voucher for Stephen James Hairdressing & €50 voucher for Roys Rolls plus loads more.
Evening event kicks starts at 8pm at Arklow Bay Hotel – tickets available for pre-order or 5 Euros at the door
**(Bear’s Name has been pre-chosen by Jordan Jemsek, young daughter of Lyme guru Dr Joseph Jemsek. She is recovering from her recent bone marrow transplant, we wish her well)
* First isolation and characterisation of Borrelia garinii , agent of Lyme borreliosis, from Irish ticks
Irish Journal of Medical Science
ISSN 0021-1265 (Print) 1863-4362 (Online)
Volume 165, Number 1 / January, 1996
J. S. Gray1 , A. Schönberg2 , D. Postic3 , J. Belfaiza4 and I.
(1) ERM Department, University College, Dublin, Ireland
(2) Robert von Ostertag-Institute, Federal Health Office, Berlin,
(3) Unité de Bactériologie, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France
(4) University Chouaib Doukkali, Faculté des Sciences, El Jadida,
Nymphal Ixodes ricinus, the tick vector of Lyme borreliosis, were collected from the edges of paths in Muckross Demesne, Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Examination of some of these nymphs by indirect immunofluorescence showed an infection prevalence of 12% withBorrelia burgdorferi sensu Iato, the spirochaete agent of Lyme borreliosis.
* Tick Study Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry (1997)
Appl Environ Microbiol. 1997 March; 63(3): 1102–1106. PMCID: PMC168399
Local variations in the distribution and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato genomospecies in Ixodes ricinus ticks.
F Kirstein, S Rijpkema, M Molkenboer, and J S Gray University College Dublin, Belfield, Ireland.
Unfed nymphal and adult Ixodes ricinus ticks were collected from five locations within the 10,000-ha Killarney National Park, Ireland. The prevalence of ticks infected with B. burgdorferi sensu lato was significantly variable between the five locations, ranging from 11.5 to 28.9%. Four genomospecies were identified as B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia garinii, and VS116.
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