Re: Teenage Girl in our area died from Erlichiosis
How sad for this girls family...
I am wondering where this happened? Our dog tested positive for erlichiosis (HGE) this year. She spends most of her time in our yard which is wooded with an invisible fence. Our vet says they see a ton of Lyme disease. I am in MN which is endemic, but our States reporting is so far behind. If you look at a map of MN our county is shown as having low risk of Lyme... well then tell me how my whole family- husband, myself, and 2 boys all test positive.
Our neighbor boy had a bullseye rash and positive tests. He is 11. They gave him 3 weeks of amoxicillin. I tried to gently explain to his Mom that he was undertreated, but she is confident in their Dr. and was happy that he consulted with Mayo- great for cancer and other serious illnesses, yikes for Lyme.
Apparently he had a fever, which I have heard is most often indicative of either Babesia or Erlichiosis and not so much from JUST Lyme. Of course they didn't test him for any co-infections and he is feeling better now, but if he starts to have problems in a few months, then we all know where that leads.
I feel obligated to try and explain to her the importance of pushing harder on this, even perhaps having their Dr. consult with Dr. F at Columbia, but people just don't get it.
Last edited by Smyle; 09-01-2007 at 08:09 AM.