The problem is simple: ticks are little cesspools, and they can spread a wide variety of potentially serious illnesses. Ticks are the leading cause of insect vector-borne disease in the USA and second only to mosquitoes worldwide. In fact, 95% of all insect vector-borne diseases in North America are spread by ticks.


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Ticks Worldwide

September/October 2010  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 5

By Frank Hubbell, DO

Ticks Worldwide:

Ticks are little cesspools.


It is estimated that ticks exceed all other arthropods in the number and variety of diseases that they can transmit.


Tickborne diseases are some of the leading insect vector-borne diseases in the world, and they seem to be on the rise.


Tickborne diseases are second only to mosquito-borne illnesses for spread of disease around the world.


Mosquito-borne diseases are the most common cause of death (mortality) and disease (morbidity) on earth.

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One of the most inviting, relaxing, and beautiful places on earth is the ocean. The soft, warm, luxurious sand, the gentle, soothing waves, and the spectacular bluegreen waters that reflect the colors of the sky, draw us near. As we relax in the warm, tropical water, we can’t help but wonder why anyone would have ever wanted to crawl out of the sea, so that they could walk on the hard earth, propelled by two small feet.


When adventure brings us to the ocean, there are several inherent risks of which we have to be aware and prepared to manage. These concerns include: marine animal bites and stings, environmental related problems, accidental poisoning by eating poisonous fish, and for the SCUBA enthusiast – barotrauma…



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May/June 2010  ISSN-1059-6518  Volume 23 Number 3

Lion Attack in Zimbabwe

By Rob Nixon

Our man in Africa, Rowan Lewis, sent us this eyewitness account of a lion attack in the Tashinga National Park, Zimbabwe. Rowan managed to get permision for us to reprint it from Turbo Charge, the tour group that ran the safari, and the account was first published in their newsletter. It has since appeared in the blog “Zimbabwe Lifestyle”. Read more