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Old 03-04-2012, 08:53 PM
Blake Blake is offline
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Originally Posted by Ulfreida View Post
Your symptoms are not tick bite symptoms, which are localized.
Tick bite symptoms can be exactly as arpmail2012 describes: headache, muscular stiffness, loss of control of the legs, the whole bit. The worst symptoms are usually displayed when the animal attaches to the neck, just as described.

There's a species of tick in Australia that produces such severe symptoms that it killed hundreds of dogs a years before antivenom was invented. It still leads to a couple of dozen humans hospitalisations each year and and can easily kill children if left untreated. Basically, the paralysis starts at the legs and works its way northwards. You lose control of the knees, then the hips, then the elbows, then the shoulders, then you lose the ability to breathe.

Good night.