NEWS: Opossums–where Lyme disease goes to die
Opossum are among the most voracious consumers of ticks, according to research by New York’s Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
From the Poughkeepsie Journal, March 14, 2015:
By John Ferro
They come out at night.
They have scary teeth.
They have a weird name with an extra vowel most people don’t pronounce.
And they are where Lyme disease goes to die.
Say hello to the opossum, the American marsupial with a pointy nose and prehensile tail that dines on ticks like a vacuum dines on dust.
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- March 15, 2015 at 5:20 am
First off and again…I want to thank Poughkeepsie Journal for being on the top of the topic of Lyme+ Diseases. As a Victim and Advocate I watch many articles and have to admit that the Pougkeepsie Journal has been above most in trying to give the straight truth on this topic of this Mass Distruction-Epidemic.
Moving on, Of course in any article there would be an area where some facts need to be “adjusted”. Jenna Seaver in these comments straightened that out! Thank you! I would like to add that opossum should have been “researched” yesterday(Decades ago) on it’s ability to “seem” to remain disease free…???…This is no different than the story of the Lizard that they place infected ticks on…and later both the tick and the lizard have not one disease!
I am sorry if I come on too strong…BUT WHAT THE HECK are you waiting for!!!??? You already know that close to half a MILLION people WILL be infected EACH YEAR…thanks to CDC’s report, and yet they do NOTHING about it as well!!!…..While all of you “study” for another two Decades how many of us are supposed to suffer and DIE? Please, by all means take your time(don’t)
I see all these articles about “studies” kill all the deer, kill all the mice…use grapefruit oil…don’t donate or accept blood or organs…don’t have childeren, don’t have sex, don’t have live xmas trees, millions more infected..new instant death bourbon virus, powassan virus…etc etc…How about an article on all the corruption and bodily harm done by CDC, IDSA, NIH…etc.. towards Victims and new ones getting infected each minute?
- March 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm
I could not have said it any better!
When is the scientific research going to be done on WHY these critters avoid this beast, what in their blood /workings gives them the ability to kill the bacteria off?
Study the lizards and the opossums maybe?
- March 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm
Opossums are basically blind. It’s why they get hit so much by cars – they don’t see the car coming! If you honk at them, they respond to that much better than headlights, which they really cannot see..
- March 18, 2015 at 7:04 pm
I HAVE HAD LYME DISEASE FOR 14 YEARS NOW. I SUFFER EVERY DAY, SWOLLEN KNEES FEET ANKLES. HAS HIT ALL MY JOINTS, MY MUSCLES, AND MY CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. NOW I HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FROM IT. I ACHE IN PAIN THROUGHT MY WHOLE BODY. I HAVE NO CONTROL OF MY URINARY TRACT SO NOW I FOLEY. HAVE LOST CONTROL OF MY BOWEL. YOU NAME IT I HAVE IT. I WENT TO ALL THE INFECTIOS DISEASE DRS. IN WESTERN NY AND THEY ALL SAID I DID NOT HAVE IT INCLUDING THE CLEVELAND CLINIC IN OHIO, AND JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL IN MARYLAND. SIX YEARS LATER OUR 37 YEAR OLD SON PASSED AWAY. WE CALLED MY COUSIN WHO IS A WELL KNOW UNDERTAKER HERE IN BUFFALO,NY. HE CAME TO OUR HOME THAT SAME MORNING TO MAKE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR OUR SONS FUNERAL,, HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID COUSIN YOU HAVE LYME DISEASE. OF ALL THE DRS. I WENT TO IT TOOK AN UNDERTAKER TO FIND IT AND HE ALSO FOUND IT IN ONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES AND HIS SISTER. WE ALL HAD A DNA TAKEN AND BLOOD DRAWN AND IT ALL CAME BACK A MONTH LATER POSITIVE FOR LYME DISEASE. NOW I SUFFER THE REST OF MY LIFE BECAUSE OF THE DRS, HERE IN BUFFALO. I SHOULD NAME THEM BUT I WILL NOT. JUST DONT TRUST ANY OF THEM. I HAVE BEEN ON EVERY ANTIBITIC THERE IS AND ALSO IVS MANY TIMES. BUT NOW I KNOW THERE IS NO HELP FOR ME. I CANNOT WALK HAVE NO BALANCE, AND YOU CAL THIS LIFE I CALL IT DEATH. THANK YOU COUSIN FOR FINDING IT AT LEAST NOW I KNEW WHAT I HAVE. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A DR. NOT AN UNDERTAKER, BUT HE IS GOOD AT BOTH, I LOVE HIM DEARLY. WISH I COULD TELL YOU ALL HIS NAME SO EACH OF YOU WOULD USE HIM FOR EVERYTHING. HE ALSO TEACHES SO MAYBE SOME OF YOU FROM WESTERN NY KNOW HIM. HIS INTINIALS ARE JED. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT MTEDMARY@AOL.COM
- March 18, 2015 at 10:52 pm
I live in Florida and for the last 20 yrs my attic has been a nesting place for many possums, squirrels,rats and last week a raccoon. My daughter has been so sick with Lyme disease going to the brain. She never ever had a tick bite but we had fleas and spiders biting us from ripped up air-heating ducts that were located in our attic? Wildlife told us we now have to cement most of our roof to stop access to these animals. Possuums were the first to be trapped…..my daughter will never be the same. Ticktoc.me
- August 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm
Has your daughter also been tested for leptosporosis? It’s another s pirochete disease that can become chronic in cattle and cause them to abort their calves. People can also get the disease. Possums, raccoons, and rats are notorious carriers and spreaders. That’s why I’m a bit sceptical of this study. Maybe they eat the ticks, but I have a hard time believing the possums don’t carry Lyme.
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