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.