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Residents experience swimmers’ itch from Lake Champlain

Original Source: http://www.shelburnenews.com/2015/09/17/residents-experience-swimmers-itch-from-lake-champlain/ A swim in Lake Champlain on a hot, late-summer day can cause many things: happiness, a sense of well-being, and for some people, an itchy rash. Over the last few weeks, at least a dozen swimmers in the Charlotte and Shelburne area, many at the Charlotte Beach, have experienced an unfortunate side-effect of enjoying the town’s lovely beach. Swimmer’s itch, or cercarial dermatitis, is an allergic reaction to a parasite that thrives in certain conditions and can be found in lake water. Other than an ick factor, there is no danger or health concern from this parasite or rash. When the water is warm, a parasite can thrive in and attempt to burrow into people’s skin. Though the parasite cannot survive in humans, their...

Parasitic pox: Swimmer’s itch; where it lurks, how to prevent it

Source: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2015/06/23/kss-swimmers-itch-is-active-preventive-measures-treatments/#.VY1wtFUxFGE SOUTHERN UTAH – If you’re like many people, there is nothing more inviting on a hot summer day than taking a drive out to the lake and dipping into the glistening water … except for one irritating parasite in some waters that thrives and writhes when the shallows get warm, resulting in swimmer’s itch, an irritating and sometimes painful skin rash caused by microscopic parasites. Swimmer’s itch is not life-threatening and there are preventive measures you can take allowing you to enjoy the water. "Not everyone gets the swimmers itch but my poor son did ..," Sonja Ceja wrote in a comment thread on St. George News Facebook page June 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sonja Ceja, St. George News “Not everyone gets the swimmers itch...

Tick season again – Western North Dakotans see a rise in parasitic pests this year

Source: http://www.grandforksherald.com/outdoors/wildlife/3761495-tick-season-again-western-north-dakotans-see-rise-parasitic-pests-year THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK -- Growing up in the area, John Heiser said he never saw as many wood ticks as he does now in the field. These days, he said, he spots tons. "There are more wood ticks now than I ever saw as a youngster," Heiser said. He is not alone. Many North Dakotans are already claiming this year's tick season to be worse than previous years. It is reportedly easy to spot droves of them among the tall grass and in the woods, not to mention clinging to a person's skin afterward. Through latching onto and burrowing into a host's skin, ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasma. According to the North Dakota Department of Health's Center for...