Mom shares warning on Facebook after tick bite hospitalizes daughter

Mum's parasite warning after daughter was left unable to walk

A mother in MS is urging parents to look out for ticks after her daughter was temporarily paralyzed by a tick bite. Jessica Griffin, the mother, wrote on Facebook, while sharing photos of the rather large tick sealed in a plastic bag, a red bite mark on her daughter's scalp and the young girl laying in a hospital bed.

A MS girl is lucky to be alive this week after contracting a rare tick-borne disease that temporarily cost her the ability to walk, Yahoo News is reporting.

"After tons of blood work and a CT of the head [doctors have] ruled it as tick paralysis!".

"PLEASE for the love of god check your kids for ticks!" she posted. Griffin initially thought the girl's legs were asleep, but took her to the hospital when she was unable to speak coherently. It was unclear what type of tick bit her daughter.

Tick paralysis is caused by a toxin found in tick saliva, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Still, Griffin felt alarmed enough to post the warning. Symptoms usually appear about four to seven days after a tick bites a person, and typically go away within 24 hours of tick removal, the CDC said. Scary is [an] UNDERSTATEMENT!

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Apart from tick paralysis, the ticks can cause a number of other heath disease like the Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and the rash illness. "It's more common in children than it is adults", she wrote last Wednesday.

"We are going to be encountering more and more cases because we are seeing more and more ticks", said Jim Wilson, President of Canada Lyme Disease Foundation.

The paralysis begins in the legs, then spreads to the upper extremities.

Once the tick is removed, rapid recovery is common. Girls often have longer hair than boys, which ticks can attach to and hide in, increasing the risk of tick paralysis, the report said. A nurse bathing her after she was admitted to the hospital found a tick along her hairline.

The best way to avoid tick bites that can cause disease is to avoid walking through or brushing against vegetation and perform daily self-examinations for ticks. If the tick is not removed, people could face facial and tongue paralysis. Later that evening, Kailin was able to walk out of the hospital.

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