Ticks are an everyday problem in the bush and the below (taken from another forum) is extremely rare, and the time I've heard of a fatality (although I do know of one case of a near fatality). Anyway, I thought I'd remind you of the proper way to deal with ticks so they don't infect you.
If you get a tick, don't just pull it off or burn it with a cigarette etc because it'll vomit into your bloodstream and probably give you tick bite fever. Instead, take a pair of tweezers and gripping the tick fairly firmly rock it backwards and forwards a few times and then push slightly and then gently pull back........ which should remove the tick in one piece.
Another tip is to use dog tick and flea shampoo instead of shower gel and make sure you go over every inch of yourself.
If you take doxycycline as an anti malarial, it'll also give you some protection, but remember to take then at night and also take a daily probiotic to ensure you don't get thrush.
Farmer with Crimea-Congo fever dies
July 24 2008 at 03:56PM
A farmer and professional hunter from Adelaide in the Eastern Cape died on Thursday after been diagnosed with Crimea-Congo haemorrhagic fever, the health department said
Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the man, 39, died at the St Georges hospital.
"Following his diagnosis an health investigation team was sent to Adelaide to see if anyone else was infected.
"No one else was diagnosed with the fever," he said.
The man was admitted to hospital on July 12.
The viral disease is transmitted to humans by ticks or contact with blood or tissue from infected animals, and is potentially fatal.
Kupelo said the man was reportedly bitten by a tick on July 3, and went to see a doctor four days later.
Three days after that he developed a range of typical fever symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and joint pains.
The fever is the most common of a range of haemorrhagic fevers that occurs in South Africa.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, anything between five and 25 cases are reported each year, most of them in the Karoo, the Western Free State, the Northern Cape and North West province.
Most of the sufferers are farmers, farm labourers, hunters or abattoir workers.
Symptoms include fever, aching muscles, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, headache, sore eyes, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, nose bleeding, and other non-normal bleeding.
According to the World Health Organisation, one in three sufferers dies from the disease.
There is no safe and effective vaccine widely available for human use. - Sapa