- Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.)
"Lyme disease is a real, national health threat."
- Senator Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut, 1997.
These pages are dedicated to those who have died of Tick-Borne Illness: Lyme disease, Bartonella, Q Fever, Tularemia, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Heartwater, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever, Colorado Tick Fever, Tick-Borne Encephalitis, Rickettsia Helvetica, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
If you have a loved one who has died of a tick-borne illness and you would like to see them on this page, you are more than welcome. Please email CaliforniaLyme@cs.com Please provide as much information as possible and any page preferences. This site also links to Memorial Pages made by people's families or friends. Even, if reading a newspaper, you find an article or Obituary about someone who has died of a Tick-Borne Illness, please email the contact person so they may be included. Many but not all of the people on this site have a Tick-Borne Illness on their death certificate as Cause of Death. There are, in the Lyme pages, suicides as well. Dr. Brian Fallon of Columbia University has stated his belief that Lyme disease patients are much more prone to depression and generalized anxiety than other patients with similar chronic diseases such as lupus, thus he believes there is a physiological basis to these disease traits. A disease can affect the will to live in the same way it affects joints, tendons, hearts and eyes. On this basis of reasoning are Lyme suicides included.
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Lyme disease is a spirochetal bacteria like its more famous cousin, Syphilis.
"... there was the danger of syphilis, and of a hideous death, and of never knowing you had it until you suddenly began to have grotesque symptoms."
"While fatalities due to Lyme disease are not commonplace, it is disturbing that Federal officials deny their existence."
- Carl Brenner, Patient Advocate
"Nobody dies from Lyme disease."
-Dr. James Olson, CDC, AP release, July 19, 1994.
There are twenty-two people on the Lyme Memorial Page who have died of Lyme disease in the year 2000. Since the CDC states that Lyme disease is underdiagnosed by a factor of 10, this means that hundreds of people are dying from Lyme disease each year.
These are the people who died from tick bites.
There is only ONE correct way to remove a tick. Even touching a tick with bare fingers can give you Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever if the tick is infected. Use tweezers and do not squeeze, twist or otherwise cause the tick discomfort (no burning, no lotion or petroleum jellies for smothering)as that may cause the tick to regurgitate its stomach contents into you, including the agents of disease if the tick is infected.
Tick-Borne Disease Memorial Pages
Colorado Tick Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever