New Book out written by Jenny O’Dea
Great news – the new book ‘Adventures of Luna & Dips’ is now completed & available FREE to schools & members of the public (for Irish residents only!). Suitable for ages 8/9 & up, the book written by Tick Talk Ireland’s co-founder Jenny O’Dea aims to encourage people young and old to learn about ticks and the dangers of Lyme disease. Please note that supplies are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Packs for schools will also include leaflets for the parents, a poster for the school, plus information for teacher including tips on prevention, colouring sheets, plus child friendly websites for more information.
NB: All books have now been claimed, the demand exceeded expectations however free downloads are available below:
Some useful links – hit back button to return to page:
Download the Adventures of Luna & Dips for free
Download ‘Luna Says’ poster for schools
Protecting your children
Lyme disease handout
Lyme disease Leaflet
Tick study results 2013
Luna to colour, Fantaz to colour & Dips to colour
Tick Awareness Week
The HPSC have set the week of 15th April aside for Tick Awareness Week. They have published information on the Epi insight page.
Please note that Tick Talk Ireland are very concerned about the testing available here in Ireland & the possible high level of misdiagnosis. The article suggests that based on 10 cases of neuroborreliosis per year that other (non neuroborreliosis) cases must equate to roughly 50 cases per year, however we feel that neuroborreliosis cases may be under reported due to the cross over symptoms with MS & ME. Also the notifiable cases only allow for lab confirmed diagnosis.
The test kit manufacturers themselves say that a negative Lyme test does not rule out infection however a negative test will not lead to a case being notified at all & most likely be diagnosed as a case of ME underplaying the real numbers. Similarly on the other end of the scale we may have people who are treated at early stage (such as rash or flu) who may never reach stage 3 neuro stage. If a doctor is good at treating early in one area then there’d be less chance of more advanced cases, in other area doctors may not be on the look out for Lyme cases so more chance of Lyme cases becoming more serious. We had hoped that ALL cases would be tracked, ie early & late stage to allow for more of a guide on clusters of cases & true numbers. Whilst it is clear that there will never be a 100% accurate way of tracking Lyme we do feel that the current method falls short! For details of our meeting with the Health Protection & Surveillance Centre in January 2013 and the concerns we have, head on down to our news update in Feb.
The HPSC have also published awareness packs/posters for travellers and children – these are produced by the European CDC for endemic countries. As always BADA have produced some great information for their Tick Bite Prevention Week in March – check out their web page for more details.
Surveys now updated!
Good news, our tick and Lyme surveys have been updated. These are rolling surveys reported every 12-18 months – the surveys are still open for completion – if anyone sees ticks during the year do let us know – the Lyme survey is designed for one time completion only but the tick survey can be completed on an ongoing basis in case more ticks are spotted!
Tick Talking While You’re Walking – Tick Survey Ireland
Since May 30 2011 we’ve been asking members of the republic to report on any ticks spotted here in Ireland. As of Jan 31, 2013 a total of 82 people have responded so far.
The above text file also includes details from our vet study.
In 2009 Tick Talk Ireland produced a survey to Irish sufferers which is updated on regular basis to review trends.
To qualify, the respondent must be a Lyme sufferer who is:
* Living in Ireland – infected by Lyme here or abroad or
* Not living in Ireland – but infected within Irish Counties
81 people replied to the survey during the months of July 2009 to December 2012:-
Big Sale in our Store!
Great news – Tick Talk Ireland have reduced all our stock – you can make a saving of between 20-25% off all our merchandise through the months of April and May in time for tick & Lyme awareness months. To purchase tick repellants, tick twisters, handy tick cards with magnifying glass, copies of the award winning documentary Under Our Skin, Lyme ribbon & pin, awareness bugs, Find a Cure bangles or Lyme Survivor Bracelets plus copies of our conference DVD head on down to: Merchandise Store
NB: The sale prices are reflected when you place items in shopping cart!
Lyme Protests Around the World – sufferers speak out
May 10th & 11th are 2 dates set for Worldwide Lyme Protest. Why? Because patients feel that their voices are not being heard – they are worried about testing (the US CDC says it should be for surveillance and not for clinical diagnosis, the European CDC says testing needs to be improved), new tests are being released annually and yet due to rigid rules no other tests are allowed to be used by consultants other than the flawed 2 tier system. Studies have shown that seronegative Lyme exists and yet repeatedly patients are denied treatment based on negative serology which can be hampered by lack of immune response, difference in strains of borrelia, even antibiotic therapy can abrogate response. Once a patient does get diagnosed they may only be treated for a short length of time and deemed to be cured despite animal studies showing that Lyme can persist the IDSA refuses to accept this. All too often a bullseye rash is considered the most telling sign of Lyme when in some studies they suggest that the bullseye rash may often be homogeneous, not in rings but various other shapes or no rash at all! For more thoughts on Lyme & its many challenges check out our post ‘mythbusting‘.
Ireland has no leader for an Irish protest however our nearest neighbour (UK) has a great site set up at: http://worldwide-lyme-protest.org.uk/
We at Tick Talk Ireland would like to add our ‘virtual’ support and have created a page on facebook – there we will post details of lyme videos, posters & pics of sufferers plus quotes of relevance to the Lyme controversy – my favourite is a quote from the scientist Dr Willy Burgdorfer, who identified the causative agent of ‘borrelia burgdorferi‘ in ticks:
He says during an interview with the producer of Under Our Skin:
“The controversy in Lyme disease research is a shameful affair. And I say that because the whole thing is politically tainted. Money goes to people who have, for the past 30 years, produced the same thing—nothing. Serology has to be started from scratch with people who don’t know beforehand the results of their research. There are lots of physicians around who wouldn’t touch a Lyme disease patient. They tell the nurse, “You tell the guy to get out of here. I don’t want to see him.” That is shameful. So [this] shame includes physicians who don’t even have the courage to tell a patient, “You have Lyme disease and I don’t know anything about it.” Amen!