Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month


Since 1986, over 95,000 Lyme Disease cases have been reported to the New York State Department of Health (DOH).


Lyme Disease Facts:


The disease can be spread when an infected tick bites a person and stays attached for a period of time.

In 60-80 percent of cases, a rash resembling a bullís eye or solid patch, about two inches in diameter, appears around or near the size of the bite.

The early stage of Lyme Disease is usually marked by chills and fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle and/or joint pain, and swollen glands.

To avoid Lyme Disease, bathe soon after coming indoors and conduct a full body check using a hand-held mirror.

Catching Lyme Disease in its early stages and treatment with antibiotics usually prevents the development of long-term complications; if untreated, the disease can lead to meningitis, poor motor coordination, Bellís Palsy or temporary paralysis of facial muscles.


For more information on Lyme Disease, please visit the Department of Healthís website.

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