State officials report surge in tick-borne disease cases

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State health officials are urging Hoosiers to protect themselves from ticks as cases of tick-borne disease continue to rise in the state. More than 100 cases of tick-borne disease have been reported so far in 2018, including one death due to ehrlichiosis in an elderly patient. Deaths from ehrlichiosis are rare in Indiana, with only four deaths reported in the last five years.Ticks are small, insect-like creatures that are found throughout Indiana in grassy and wooded areas. They tend to be most active during the late spring and early summer. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In 2017, Indiana reported more than 250 cases of tick-borne illness.“Cases of tick-borne disease tend to peak in July,” said Jennifer Brown, D.V.M., M.P.H., state public health veterinarian at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). “You should take precautions to prevent tick bites whenever you spend time outdoors. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a flu-like illness or a rash during the summer months.”Symptoms of tick-borne disease can include a rash near the bite site and flu-like illness, including headache, muscle or joint pain and fever.Hoosiers can reduce their risk of tick bites by:Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and light-colored pants, with the shirt tucked in at the waist and the pants tucked into socks, if they will be in grassy or wooded areas.Treating clothing and outdoor gear with 0.5% permethrin, an insect repellent commonly used for this purpose. Note that permethrin should NOT be used on bare skin.Using EPA-registered insect repellents with active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD) or 2-undecanone.Treating pets for ticks.Prompt removal of ticks can help prevent disease transmission. Once indoors, people should thoroughly check for ticks on clothing, gear, pets and skin and then shower to help remove any unattached ticks. Tumbling clothes in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill any ticks on clothing.To safely remove a tick, use tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin and then pull outward with steady and even pressure. After the tick is removed, wash the area thoroughly. The tick should be discarded by submerging it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Ticks should never be crushed with the fingernails.Anyone who becomes ill after spending time outdoors should see a health care provider immediately and inform the provider about any possible tick exposure. Most tick-borne diseases can be successfully treated with antibiotics, and prompt diagnosis can help prevent complications from tick-borne infections.last_img read more

Stone’s squad looking to avenge blowout against Illinois

first_imgMany athletes know that learning from your mistakes will help improve your performance. This Thursday, the women’s basketball team will be hoping to learn from their mistakes that caused them a loss to Illinois early in the season.In that game just over three weeks ago, Illinois jumped out to a 16-point lead midway through the first half and never looked back. Wisconsin ended up suffering its worse loss of the season 84-54, and it all took place at the Badger’s home court at the Kohl Center.Illinois was unstoppable in that game as they finished 57 percent from the field and an astounding 11-of-16 from behind the arc.”Well, we hit a buzz saw when [we met last time],” head coach Lisa Stone said of the game. “They were obviously hot and made a ton of three’s on us. We had trouble getting through staggered screens the last time we played them. But they came in off a disappointing loss and then took it at us, and they’ve not won a game since they played us.”Now that doesn’t mean that they’re not capable,” Stone continued. “They’re having a nice year, and hopefully we can play much better defense on the perimeter.”The Badgers will have to contend once again with 5-foot-8 senior guard Janelle Hughes, who leads the team in scoring at 13.6 points per game. She has come out strong her senior year after coming off the bench all of last year. Hughes had 15 points in the last meeting, and the outside shooting of her and Lori Bjork burned the Badgers.The duo combined to go 9-of-13 from the three-point line, which all but sealed the Badgers fate. “They’ve got a terrific freshman in Bjork and great leadership, a senior point guard and a senior inside that really are leading the charge,” Stone said. Bjork had a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers in that earlier matchup, tallying five of those 11 made three-point shots. Another Illini who had a stellar game last time the two teams met is senior point guard Maggie Acuna, who got a record of her own in that game when she recorded 16 assists. That number was not only a school record but also the high mark for assists in a game ever at the Kohl Center. Now, things look different for the Badgers when they head to Champaign.The once strong Illinois team has been struggling as of late. Illinois started the season hot in conference play at 4-1 but has now lost six straight contests.Illinois now sits at 4-7 in conference but 12-10 overall.In all fairness to Illinois, they faced all the teams in the top half of the Big Ten standings, excluding Iowa, in just the past three weeks. That includes two matchups with last year’s national runner-up, Michigan State. And the Illini, whose last five games are to teams ranked lower than them in conference, can possibly finish .500 in conference play if they can defeat the Badgers.For the Badgers getting out to a strong start will be key to victory, as they were never able to catch up after falling behind so far in the last game.”If we’re not hitting and we’re hurrying all the time, we’re going to be playing from behind the whole game,” Stone said. “That’s the type of mentality that we have to have, because that’s the way you’re going to win games.”The only Badger to get into double figures in the last game was Jolene Anderson, who had the team high with 16 points. The team as a whole shot just 37 percent, but the return of Janese Banks to the starting lineup should bolster the offense.Banks, the team’s second leading scorer, came back slowly, coming off the bench originally. Since then, she has gotten to start again and she has produced in a big way.The sophomore guard has combined for 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just the last two contests.Wisconsin will definitely need her to help not only on offense but to contain the outside shooting if they have any hope to come away with a win. The last time Wisconsin defeated Illinois was two years ago on their home court, and they hope to accomplish that feat again Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.last_img read more

Injuries no concern as team looks to playoffs

first_imgLed by captain Erika Lawler, the Wisconsin women\’s hockey team is looking to avenge a second place finish in the WCHA and make some noise in the NCAA tournament.[/media-credit]Although failing to win the WCHA regular season title must be a disappointment to the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team, injuries are more at the forefront of the Badgers’ concerns.Heading into postseason play, Wisconsin hopes to have its players back in top form, including captain Erika Lawler. The senior is currently battling a shoulder injury suffered from a game against Minnesota earlier this month.However, according to head coach Mark Johnson, Lawler should be in playing shape by the time the WCHA tournament begins this weekend.“She’s been battling this for probably three weeks now,” Johnson said. “You can expect her to play Friday.”Though Lawler isn’t the only player battling injuries, Johnson feels that nagging pains are not a concern at this stretch in the season.“It comes down to having that hunger and that desire,” Johnson said. “If these kids really want to take a run at a championship, which I anticipate they want to, those type of things get put on the side.”Knight hoping to carry big numbers into playoffs Although Lawler has been recovering over the past couple weeks, she did re-aggravate the injury following a goal against Minnesota State-Mankato. In the unlikely scenario that Lawler would miss the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers would still have plenty of firepower to take on Ohio State. According to Johnson, sophomore Hilary Knight may be the best player in the country this season.“If you look at our season and watched us play, obviously Hilary sticks out,” Johnson said. “She’s had an outstanding season.”Currently, Knight leads the country in goals and is ranked second in the nation in points.Badgers face Buckeyes in first roundIn the first round, Wisconsin will face an Ohio State team it swept during the regular season. The top seed in the tournament belongs to Minnesota, a team that Wisconsin battled all year long for the top spot nationally. Although a tournament crown would provide some vindication for the Badgers, the team is focused on its first round match.“The most important thing for us is the game Friday and taking care of business,” Johnson said.In the team’s first round match against the Buckeyes, Wisconsin will be playing at the Eagle’s Nest in Verona, Wis. A smaller arena than the Kohl Center, the Eagle’s Nest represents a challenge all on its own.“Obviously it’s not our choice, but it is what it is and you have to deal with it,” Johnson said.If Wisconsin does make it to the semifinals of the tournament, they will play at the Ridder Arena in Minneapolis a week later.Regardless of where the Badgers are playing, Johnson feels the team is excited about the chance to skate for a WCHA title and NCAA championship.“A lot of the players get geared up for this two week season,” Johnson said. “Anytime if you get a chance to play for a championship, it brings the best out in people.”last_img read more

Tuka in the Semi Finals of the European Championship!

first_imgThe BiH athlete Amel Tuka qualified for the semi finals of the race on 800 meters at the European Championship in Amsterdam.Tuka won the second place in the qualification group with the result of 1:46.94.Three of the best athletes from four qualification groups will qualify for the semi finals, plus another four athletes according to their result.Semi finals of the race on 800 meters is scheduled for tomorrow.(Source: FENA)last_img