Lyme Disease Poses Threat In Delaware County Ohio.
DELAWARE, Oh. – The Delaware General Health District recorded a 40 percent increase in Lyme disease cases this year and wants residents to know that the return of autumn does not deter the threat of this tick-borne disease.
Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Unlike other ticks that are active only for certain portions of the year, blacklegged ticks are active year round and pose a special risk to Ohio’s hunters and others who spend time in wooded areas.
The risk of exposure to ticks and disease can be reduced by using these precautions:
Tuck your pants into your socks and boots and tuck your shirt into your pants.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.
- Use repellents and follow label instructions carefully.
- Check children for ticks frequently.
- Conduct a full-body tick check upon returning from tick-infested areas.
- Shower as soon as possible after coming indoors.
If you find a tick attached to your skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it near the skin and pull steadily until it is removed. Never use a lighted match or other means to remove a tick.
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.
Lyme disease can only be transmitted by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. An infected animal or person cannot pass the infection on to another animal or person.
Source Delaware General Health District
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