New tick-borne disease found in Hampton Roads

FROM: “How to spot Tidewater Spotted Fever” by Stephanie Harris

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Scientists say nearly half of Gulf Coast ticks in Hampton Roads are carrying a new disease.

Jessica Crosley, 13, is one of only 15 reported cases of the disease in the U.S. She says she was in excruciating pain and experienced chills and a fever during 100-degree temperatures.

“I would scream it was so bad,” Crosley said. “I’ve never been in any pain like that. I couldn’t walk. Anything I ate I threw up.”

Crosley told her mother she found a tiny black bug while showering.

“I had never seen a tick before in my life, so I just kind of ripped it off and it was like a lady bug” Crosley said.

Crosley and her mother found a white spot that over the days turned into a large black lesion.

“It looks a lot like a disease some are familiar with called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,”Infectious disease expert Dr. Randall Fisher at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters said.

Crosley is only the second person ever to be seen with it at CHKD.

“The difference is where the tick bites, you end up getting a little black spot of skin that eventually breaks away and leaves a shallow ulcer,” Fisher said.



5 comments for “New tick-borne disease found in Hampton Roads

  1. JasonMChicago
    August 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Sometimes I just laugh out loud. I think about this bacteria and it MUST have been an Olympian in a past life. A gold medal one. Shoot the Michael Phelps of bacteria… it is SO persistent. I totally can see why people don’t understand chronic Lyme. I would never be able to understand it unless I was living through it. It is unbelievable. Quite surreal. It is so persistent. So, so persistent. Really something. I keep going, keep doing things and can’t argue things are A LOT better, but I have to give this Lyme credit it is one crazy maniac!!!

  2. JasonMChicago
    September 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Lyme is unbelievable. I cannot understand how one microscopic, tinnie, tiny bug can cause so much problems… and that NO ONE knows or talks about it. It is seriously unbelievable. If I wasn’t living it, I would never understand. Things are way, way better and improvements have come but I must say this is THE most persistent thing I ever experienced in my life. I keep going!

  3. Brennan Fowler
    September 19, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Lyme sucks! It has stolen soo much life from my body and brain. One of the largest problems I encounter constantly is the extreme understatement that Dr.’s place on the level of pain,brain fog,depression, and more pain. Any and every Dr. I have ever been to never wants to actually be a Dr. For me it’s just like any Dr. show, movie or story…which pretty much makes me cry 3-4 times a day.( I’ll explain) it seems like the Dr. will give me a pep talk to encourage me or to ensure that I’ve made a great decision by seeing them. They like to solve puzzles, like a challenge and will listen to where and amount or level of pain/discomfort. PILLS:( … So give me a MG that F’ing works for me!!! I’m not selling your stupid pills! I don’t even want them! I keep mine in an RX locker because everyone else wants them and will steal them and lie to you even though when you’re out you’re in so much pain that you can’t work or sleep and want to die. No Dr. wants to be the one that prescribes a higher mg or an out of the box thought that might be different than what their collegues are prescribing or thinking. I need a Dr that HAS Lyme. I’m sorry for the rant. (I feel)I’ve not had any real help in these horrible 3 yrs. I do try beyond what my body and brain will “allow” every single day. Lyme BLOWS!! If you have it then realize early on that nobody will understand you. It will eventually get to the point where you don’t even care how much pain you’re in or have. Eventually you’ll just wish and pray you can produce a thought or movement without Lyme screwing with you. It’s probably kinda like being the bitch in prison while knowing you’re 100% innocent. Depressing huh? That’s the downside. The upside is not much better. The upside is(for me) that I value life and smiles and laughing and a good day each as a miracle and I love god for helping me to experience them. It sucks I’m not really able to have, so far, anything close to the outdoor life I once experienced. Hopefully I will see some better days and be able to hold on to how special everything is to me right now.

  4. Kathy Schraff
    July 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it. Removing the tick’s body helps you avoid diseases the tick may pass on during feeding. Removing the tick’s head helps prevent an infection in the skin where it bit you. See the Home Treatment section of this topic for the best way to remove a tick.*`,-

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  5. Brian
    June 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I know where all of you are coming from. Seems each person with Lyme specially Chronic Lyme, has different various symptoms. Not any seem to have the same symptoms. You get diagnosed with-MS, Chronic fatigue, Lupus, and so on. Those of you with it know what I mean. The doctor thing is rediculous. Very few truly treat Lyme. Once you tell a doc you have it thats it, they wont see you. I know i have dealt with it way easier since a child than most. Guess its my genes. We are talking the 1970’s. My mother used to constantly have me checked for anemia or diabetes. But nope. I know someone who has lost her old life and has been dealing with it for 9 yrs. Now she has Qfever which is worse. Let alone having Chronic Lyme, co infections, heart problems, brain fog, nervous system problems, trouble with body temperature regulation, lesions on brain, brain tumor but isnt growing anymore, and all the symptoms of various other diseases. It is so awful, so unbelievable. Last year went thru like 40 doctors just for a primary in the Hampton Roads area, turned her down, “Too complicated of a case”. Her Specialist is out of state. She has been to UVA, Georgetown, and various others before finding the right Specialist. There is so much that has happened and continues. CDC rules are no where near what needs to be done for most. Things have not changed a whole lot since this article. But is better than it was. My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you.

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