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A mother in Oregon shared an alarming video of her young daughter struggling to stand after she was unknowingly bit by a tick, and the footage has since gone viral on Facebook. Amanda Lewis, who lives in eastern Oregon with her husband, Lantz, their their daughter. Evelyn, and a young son, said Evelyn had trouble standing earlier this week and had been acting strangely.

    After being bit by a tick, Evelyn, above, struggled to stand on her own.

    After being bit by a tick, Evelyn, above, struggled to stand on her own. (Amanda Lewis )

    A mother in Oregon shared an alarming video of her young daughter struggling to stand after she was unknowingly bit by a tick, and the footage has since gone viral on Facebook. Amanda Lewis, who lives in eastern Oregon with her husband, Lantz, their their daughter. Evelyn, and a young son, said Evelyn had trouble standing earlier this week and had been acting strangely.

    “She didn’t want to stand up after her bath to get into her pajamas,” Lewis posted on May 13. “I helped her and got her in bed. She was a little fussy last night and I ended up sleeping in bed with her all night.”

    “This morning she was having a hard time standing. She could barely walk, or crawl, and could hardly use her arms,” Lewis posted.

    The concerned mother wrote that due to her husband’s history with an undisclosed cancer, they sent a video of Evelyn struggling before taking her to the emergency room.

    “The doctor talked to us for a minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about 7 or 8 children her age with identical symptoms and more than likely she had a tick,” Lewis posted.

    Doctors eventually found a tick hiding in Evelyn’s hair and diagnosed her with tick paralysis, which she has since recovered from. Lewis said she hopes that by sharing the video, other parents know what to look for if their child or pet starts acting oddly without any obvious causes.

    “My husband and I are still in shock that this happened to our baby girl and I'm glad we were able to spread some awareness about this,” Lewis wrote in an update to the post. “It's not terribly common for this to happen but it's good to be aware that if your children or pets start having weakness in their limbs to look for a tick! The doctor told us that the type of tick that was found on her does not typically carry lyme disease (dog tick) but we are keeping a close eye on her anyway.”

    As of Friday, Lewis’ video had racked up more than 8.9 million views and had over 301,000 shares. She thanked supporters for their concerns about Evelyn and encouraged others to be vigilant.

    Health officials have previously warned about an increase in the number of overall ticks this season after noting a growth in their population. A note from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the geographic ranges of ticks are expanding and infections from tick-borne diseases are steadily increasing.


Because deer are the favored carriers of ticks in North America, Mastergardening.com experts suggest that homeowners keep deer out of gardens by installing deer fencing and spraying tick repellents around the yard. By building a deer fence around landscape, you are protecting your family from tick-borne illnesses and are reducing the risk of Lyme by 97 percent!

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The Powassan Virus: Worse Than Lyme

Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease.Over the past decade, 75 cases have been reported in the northeastern states and the Great Lakes region, according to [...]

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It's Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month is an observance month in May that raises funds for research of Lyme, educational opportunities and organized events. Activists proclaim May to be Lyme Month since May is the heart of tick season. What is Lyme Disease?Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease that is caused by a latched-on tick bite. With [...]

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After the Tick Bite

Ticks usually appear in wooden or grassy areas during the warmer months of the year, beginning in March. Some ticks carry the bacterial virus, Lyme Disease, among other types of tick-borne illnesses that can affect a human, pet or livestock animal. Ticks come about by latching-on and feeding on a warm-blooded mammal, the most common [...]

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Trending: Mother's Day Gift Ideas For Gardeners

Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 14, 2017, in fact); and if your mom is a gardener who is tech-savvy with gadgets, then she'll love these gardening gifts for her backyard garden.Bluetooth Landscape RocksThe Bluetooth garden rock works with virtually any device that has 2.0 Bluetooth capabilities including an MP3 Player, computer, tablet [...]

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Cat Owners: There Is a Cat Fence For Your Pets

Often when we hear 'pet fencing,' our minds immediately think of dogs. Although it's true that dogs love running around the backyard, cats need a space to burn off pint-up energy, as well. Many cat owners are surprised to learn about an outdoor enclosure for their cats; and as a cat owner, they are hesitant [...]

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It's National Ag Week - Thank Our Growers!

Agriculture: Food For LifePurposeThe Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973. (AgDay.org)Why We Care About [...]

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Spring Gardening Tips

Winter Is Over.Finally, the snow is melting and the temperatures are rising. You can even see your tulips start to perk up, a sign of life. You know #Spring is here (the first day of spring is March 20, 2017). But, as soon as you put up the 'Open For Business' sign in your garden, [...]

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Tick Remover Tweezers To Keep On-Hand This Gardening Season

Gardeners are getting excited about springtime gardening. But, garden maintenance will force gardeners to stay outdoors for long periods of time. Tick season begins in March and runs throughout the warm months of the year. Ticks usually are found in grassy areas under leaves or on hiking trails where they can latch-on to warm-blooded mammals such [...]

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