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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May 02, 2013

 

DELAWARE, Oh. – In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness month, the Delaware General Health District reminds the Delaware County community to take the steps necessary to protect themselves against the common tickborne disease.  

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness (disease transmitted to humans by ticks, mosquitoes or fleas) in the United States. Children are most at risk for the disease because they spend more time playing outdoors and in high grass, leaves or woods, where the ticks are found.

Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. While most ticks are active during May through July, blacklegged ticks are active year round.  For this reason, it's especially important that people living in affected regions take steps now to prevent Lyme disease when they go outside.

To prevent Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, DGHD recommends that people:

 

Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a large, expanding skin rash that may have a bull's-eye appearance.  If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Anyone who develops a fever or a rash after being bitten by a tick or spending time in tick-infested areas should seek prompt medical care. Most patients with Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

If you find a live tick and would like to have it identified, contact the OSU Extension - Delaware County office at 740-833-2030.

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