Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-30-2015   #11
cataraftgirl's Avatar
Sandy, Utah
Paddling Since: 1997
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,120
Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
And the worst ticks are cranky infrequent posters....
Hey are the pups? Hope you had a good summer.

Sorry to step on someone's toes. I saw the topic question and was curious since I've taken care of patients with Tularemia in the past. Doing the copy & paste thing from the CDC website instead of reading all the posts. Tularemia is pretty nasty stuff.

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love....and then we return home."
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
cataraftgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2015   #12
LongmontRafter's Avatar
Longmont, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2004
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 168
Apparently, a woman was infected with Tularemia in Mesa County last august...After floating Ruby in July, I got this email from the BLM...

"Tularemia has been confirmed in a Mesa County woman. She was likely exposed through a bite from a
deer fly or tick while on public lands near the Colorado River in Mesa County.
Mesa County Health Department reminds residents that the bacteria that causes tularemia has been
found in rabbits in Mesa County and may affect squirrels, beaver, muskrats and other rodents, as well as
pets and some livestock. Itís common to have animals test positive for tularemia each summer, however
this is only the second human case in Mesa County in the last decade.
The State of Colorado has seen elevated numbers of human cases of tularemia so far this year. Sixteen
cases were confirmed statewide in 2014, compared with 15 cases recorded to date this year.
The Bureau of Land Management and Mesa County Health Department urge residents to take
precautions while in areas where wildlife is active. "We hope people will take the necessary precautions
to avoid insect bites while enjoying their public lands" said Collin Ewing BLM National Conservation Area
Take these precautions to avoid being exposed to tularemia:
 Do not handle or feed wild animals.
 Use insect repellant with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
 Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep tick and deer flies off your skin.
 Tularemia causing bacteria can become airborne when soil is disturbed. Wear a mask while
mowing or weed-whacking to avoid breathing in dust if wildlife crosses your property often.
 If you need to dispose of an animal carcass on your property, wear gloves and use a longhandled
shovel to place it in a garbage bag, and then place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
 Protect your pets. Prevent them from hunting or eating wild animals. Contact a veterinarian if your
pet becomes ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
Tularemia is treatable. Contact your health care provider if you notice symptoms including sudden fever,
chills, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches, joint pain, swollen glands, dry cough, progressive weakness,
an infected ulcer-like bite and difficulty breathing.
For more information, call or text Katie Goddeyne at (970) 644-7980 or visit, or call
BLM Colorado Northwest District Public Affairs Specialist Chris Joyner at (970) 244-3097."

ManGearPig Lives!
LongmontRafter is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2015   #13
jbolson's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 139
You can't let go and you can't hold on. You can't go back and you can't stand still. If the rapids don't get you then the deer ticks will.
jbolson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2015   #14
cedar city, Utah
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,928
Unfortunate to have affected someone on a river trip. Still an extremely rare disease as you are four times more likely to be infected with West Nile than tularemia according to Colorado data for 2015. There are only on average 200 cases a year in the US.

One prediction of global warming and climate change is an increase in zoonotic infections and diseases like this. The warmer temperatures, generically speaking, increase the residence time of the vectors and agents in the environment which increases possible contact with humans. Hopefully we don't see a drastic increase in the west of such illness during the next few decades.

restrac2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2015   #15
Grand Junction, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1988
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 22
There have been several cases on tularemia in the river corridor. It was transferred by mosquitoes and deer flies. Mesa County did issue a health warning a few months back because of the increase in cases. We ask people the take bug spray with DEET and wear long sleeves and pants if necessary. There are still mosquitoes and deer flies but they are starting to die off with the cooler nights.

BLM Ruby Horsethief is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Peter Rabbit Cabin? robanna Winter Buzz 8 04-20-2014 08:30 AM
Goodbye, Metal Rabbit. waterwacko Whitewater Kayaking 5 12-13-2011 09:50 PM
Rabbit Ears Pass Backcountry River Malt Winter Buzz 30 03-09-2011 06:33 PM
private camping or yurt retreat in rabbit valley? ric The Eddy 0 04-03-2008 01:37 PM

» Classified Ads
NRS Cataraft Tubes

posted by nickw255

2 16', 25" diameter NRS Cataraft Tubes, in great shape with...

Recretec Folding River...

posted by clemkins

Recretec folding river table, purchased from Clavey in...

Large Kokotat Whitewater...

posted by grandyoso

Kokatat bibs that have not been used in a couple of years....

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.