Chimp attacks after Lyme Disease Battle Police Finally Shoot Him

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   Posted 2/18/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
This just happened, about 20 minutes from my house

The chimp was being treated for Lyme Disease and they later blame either the lyme medication or the condition. He was in some of the old navy commericals and said to be very friendly until he got sick. He is said to even of been able to use a computer! He could have been a member!

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
"In an interview, Capt. Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police said that Travis, 14, was believed to have Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection that in rare cases has been linked to psychosis, severe anxiety and delusional behavior. Travis had been in an agitated state most of the day Monday, and at one point his owner took the unusual step of giving him tea laced with Xanax in an attempt to calm him down, Capt. Conklin said.

“We’re trying to see if that factored into this,” he said of the Lyme disease.

Other than medication he might have been taking for the disease, Travis was not on any drugs and was not usually given Xanax, he added"

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   Posted 2/18/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been following this case too since I've been having severe mood swings myself lately. It wouldn't surprise me if Lyme disease was a cause. I should note though that the owner gave the chimp Xanax, which was apparently not prescribed for the animal. I was prescribed Xanax for my cat for car anxiety. In some cases, Xanax makes the animal (or person) more anxious and irritable. We'll have to wait to see what the final results of the necropsy (animal autopsy) are before drawing any conclusions.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel really badly for everyone involved. In the book Cure Unknown, the author tells of a man who went insane and attacked his neighbor with a hatchet (or ax - something awful). The defense attorney said he had lyme but the man went to jail anyway.
I have had paradoxical reactions to anti-depressants. Instead of feeling calm and "happy", I felt like I had completely lost touch with reality. It was very scarry. What a sad story.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi nefferdun! Thanks for telling about your experience with the anti-depressants; I took some for two weeks a time back when I was (all of a sudden) in a very bad emotional mood; they also did not calm me down but made me completely mad; I could not even walk straigt - I felt soooo incredibly dizzy! It was like being on a horror trip - psych- torture. I quitted and switched to a detox route to get the stuff out of my body; this seemed to help with my symptoms too; didn`t know I had lyme that time. dorit

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   Posted 2/19/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
It only took one pill to give me this reaction. I really thought I might have to go to the emergency room, I was so scarred. I have also had adverse emotional reactions to drugs like ambien, which can cause irritation and even aggression. I figured out how badly it was affecting me when my horse bucked me off and one of my dogs growled at me. I am normally very easy going and calm but Ambien distorted my personality making me much more in your face about everything. When my horse shied at a bird, I forced him back to the scary spot with a "I've had enough of this BS!!!" I did not hurt him in any way but he sensed my anger and blew up bucking. Same thing with the dog. Chemicals affect people differently.
Bartonella causes irritation, anxiety, depression etc. This has hit me the last few months and thankfully I am now being treated for it. I have to control my impulses and tell myself it is only the bacteria and "this too will pass". But couple all those negative feelings with the mental fog and detachment from life and it is hard.

This is a wierd but true story. When I was about 4 years old a "gorilla" escaped from a dental school and came over the mountains down to the house where my family was living. He was on our roof making a thumping noise. We looked outside to see what was going on and we were surrounded by men with rifles. They shot him. I feel so badly for the way people treat animals and what happens to them. Even when they go crazy and harm humans, I feel the human is ultimately at fault. But in this case I really believe it was lyme disease and possibly the medication he received.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
This story makes me so sad. I totally believe Lyme made him go crazy. I see some of my own mood swings, especially when I first got sick, and they were scary!

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I also felt for the chimp and immediately thought Lyme could surely have played a big part in his turn about. Not to mention that miit was said that he lived a wonderful life for a child but he was NOT a child he did not belong in a home.
DX. LYME  7 /03 -I believe I 've had it since 1985- 
oral doxi, amoxi 6 months. Have been bitten 2x since                  
Developed many chemical & food sensitivities& Allergies to many Suppliments
Swollen Burning tongue/lips
Hashimotos Thyroiditis
DX. Babsiosis 4/07 -Malerone 2 wks, Mepron & Azithromax 6 mos. 
Armour Thyroid
Probiotics are a MUST   
Almost died from 3 doses of Plaquanil 12/07
IV Rocephin began 12/4/07
Bactrim began 1/22/07
Stopped Rocephin 3/04/08
DX Micoplasma
Mepron, Azithrommax, Rafampin 5/29/08
Stopped Rifampin began Bactrim and zithro 6/2/08
stopped Mepron 7 22/08
switched from bactrim to levaquin and had bad reaction to levaquin
began Mepron again till Nov, then began Malerone
began Rifampin and Minocycline
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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the articles I read said the chimp was NOT being treated for lyme. If the owner knew he was infected why wasn't he being treated. I also read that the owner denied giving the chimp Xanax. I hope they do a necropsy to see if he was infected. I feel so bad for the lady who was attacked.
2001 symptoms started:
Tingling in fingers and toes both sides, not tested at that time for LD
2007 Summer tested pos. WB, diagnosed with LD, tested neg for co-infections thru Igenex
Abx - Doxy 100mg 2x/day for 3 weeks (before diagnosis)
Amoxicillin 1gm 2x/day for 1 month
Amoxicillin 1gm 3x/day with Probenecid 500mg 2x/day  5 months 
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   Posted 2/20/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I really dislike monkeys.They tend to be violent. Remember what those two monkeys did to that man?
Lyme does cuase aggression we know that much. And can make men violent. I would sort of snap..and then go right back to calm.
I gave zanzx to my poodle on a airplane. He was freaking out. It did not work much. Thankfully the stuardess let me take the screaming thing out.
If the monkey had an acute case of lyme and most likely living in CT he has gotten it many times. It would make him a nasty little thing for sure.
My friends dogs who get it have their bad days too. My sweetest dog Toto who died of Lyme before x-mas. He was very nice, but if pressed or aggrevated he would bite one of my kids. Not enough to break the skin mind you. But he wanted to be left alone on his painful days. And if they were teasing him....he would react. We just made rules about not playing with him unless we knew how he felt that day.
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

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