Their parents couldn’t believe it, their daughter was losing mobility little by little.
Seeing that their daughter could not stand up on her own, anguished parents in Oregon, United States took a video of her in the hope of showing it and telling her what was happening.
Evelyn began to act strangely from one night before going to sleep, according to what she said she did not want to get up to put on her pajamas, so her mother Amanda Lewis had to help her change and then go to bed.
The worst occurred the next day, he could hardly walk, or crawl and he could not use his arms, his legs looked like “jelly”. In the face of Amanda’s anguish, the only thing that occurred to her was to take a video from her to show her family members looking for an explanation.
When they did not receive any response, they took their daughter and as they could, they took her to the emergency hospital, where she was treated almost immediately. When examining her, the doctor told them that in recent years there have been 8 children with symptoms similar to Evelyn’s. Reviewing it confirmed her suspicion – a tick on the scalp! So it gave her a tick paralysis.
The ticks have mouthparts that helps pierce the skin of the host (human or animal), it adheres strongly, such as blood feeding hematophagous sucking; It can serve them for months or even years. They usually lodge in the neck, armpits, and groin.
DISEASES CAUSED BY TICKS
1. Tick paralysis
It is caused by a neuroxin produced by the insect’s saliva and transmitted to its host. Your symptoms take 2 to 7 days to appear. It occurs in the legs, then trunk, arms and head in a matter of hours. It can cause respiratory failure and even death. Tick is the only disease caused by a tick bite that is not caused by an infectious organism.
2. Powassan virus
The virus attacks the nervous system. In severe case it causes headache, fever and inflammation of the brain. It is fatal in 10% and there is no treatment against it.
The battery that causes it infects white blood cells producing genetic changes, fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, abdominal pain, confusion and cough.
Symptoms appear 3 to 30 days after the bite, manifesting as a spreading red rash, headache, muscle, and joint pain, as well as fever, fatigue, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.
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It is a serious disease that can be fatal if it is not treated in time and correctly, it causes fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches.
Signs to watch out for
Loss of appetite
Muscle and joint pain
Recommendations to avoid contagion
Using insect repellent that contains DEET on both humans and pets, wearing light-colored clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when one is outdoors, according to Dr. And Epidimiologist Ximena Somoza, it should also be avoided walk where there is tall grass. If you have pets at home, they should be taken periodically to the vet to be checked. Avoid touching dogs and cats that you do not know where they come from, they can also be carriers.
According to some experts, summer is the time of year when these insects can be found the most and even if you have never encountered one in your life, you must be alert at all times and know them, as well as their symptoms so that at any given time they you can identify and act immediately. A few minutes can make the difference between life and death.