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Tick bites are bad news.

Dear Bowhunter,

I enjoy Bowhunter Magazine and the broad range of articles that you publish. especially appreciated the January/Feb-ruary 2014 Know Hunting article, "New Diseases That Bug Me," by Dr. Dave Samuel, concerning ticks and the diseases that they carry.

In April 2012, I was bitten by a wood tick while turkey hunting. I went to see a doctor at my wife's insistence a week later. A blood test showed a serious reduction in my white blood cell count. I was admitted to the hospital and an oncologist was brought in because they suspected leukemia. After more tests and discussions, it was determined that the tick was causing major health complications. My kidneys were shutting down and I had a serious bacterial infection in my liver. I was given a double, IV of antibiotics for 3% days. When I was released from the hospital four days after being admitted, the attending physicians told me that had I come in 24 hours later they would not have been able to help me, and death was a real possibility.

I thank Dr. Samuel and send along a warning: NO tick is to he taken lightly!

Rev. Richard L. Shoup, Owensboro, Kentucky
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Title Annotation:Between Bowhunters
Author:Shoup, Richard L.
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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