This is what the New England Journal of Medicine reports about this syndrome:
“Tick paralysis is a neurological syndrome that is frequently confused with other acute disorders. In this syndrome, ascending paralysis is caused by a potent neurotoxin produced by an attached engorged tick. Removal of the tick leads to prompt recovery…detection is possible with nothing more than a fine-toothed comb…intervention with the use of another common item – tweezers – resulted in rapid recovery.”
Have you ever heard of such a thing? I certainly hadn’t, but if you are reading this, you just might save a child’s life this summer.
How could anything this tiny cause so much trouble?