posted on April 30, 2015 16:42
CONTACT: TERRY KENT, (440) 350-2436
COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT
April 30, 2015
DON’T LET THAT TICK MAKE YOU SICK:
IT’S LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH
May is Lyme Disease Awareness
Month and Lake County General Health District is encouraging all residents to
take action to prevent Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is a sickness caused by the
bite of a blacklegged or deer tick (Ixodes
scapularis) that carries the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.
In the United States
over the last few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of
reported cases of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is common in the Northeastern and upper
Midwestern United States. Ohio is located between these two areas. Since 2010, the number of blacklegged ticks
in Ohio have increased particularly in wooded areas.
Typical symptoms of
Lyme disease include fever, headache, tiredness
and a characteristic “bull’s-eye” skin rash. If left untreated, infection
can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system, causing long-term medical
problems. Your healthcare provider will tell you if you have Lyme disease
based on symptoms, and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. A blood test may also be taken. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated
successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics, but there is no vaccine for Lyme
disease. Dogs can also get Lyme disease. Humans cannot get Lyme
disease from dogs; but dogs can carry ticks that have Lyme disease into the
home. A Lyme disease vaccine is
available for dogs through your veterinarian.
“There are several steps we can
take to prevent Lyme Disease, as well as other diseases caused by the bites of
ticks and mosquitoes,” commented Terry Kent, Environmental Health Supervisor at
Lake County General Health District. If
you are going to be in a wooded or forested area, Kent suggests taking the
White or light
clothing is recommended as it is easier to spot any ticks. Shirts and T-shirts should be tucked into
your pants and socks pulled up over the bottom of the pants.
Wear insect repellent on your bare skin or wear
clothes that have repellent built-in. Make sure that the repellent you’re using
contains 20% or more of the active ingredient (like DEET).
Help younger kids apply repellent and keep it
away from eyes, mouth and hands.
Avoid taking short cuts through thick brush and
Check for ticks at the end of each day before
returning to your home. Pets should also be
Take a shower. It will help wash off the ticks you can’t see.
any attached tick as soon as you notice it by grasping with tweezers, as close
to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out.
For more information on
Lyme Disease, visit https://www.lcghd.org/Ticks or call Terry at (440) 350-2436.
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