More and more cases of Lyme disease is being reported around the United States. The disease is spreading all across the country. Now it has been reported and confirmed the ticks carrying the disease has been reported in the national parks. Lyme Disease in the news.
The disease has been growing for the past several years, Lyme disease is also called Lyme borreliosis and is transmitted to humans by being bit by a tick especially a deer tick. Usually, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can spread.
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There has been reported over 300,000 cases each year of Lyme disease just here in the United States. Lyme disease not only affects humans but it can be debilitating or deadly to animals also. The symptoms of Lyme disease will not show up for several days after the tick bites you and often is not diagnosed properly. The most common sign of infection is in the area of the bite will become red which will occur about a week after the bite. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, feeling tired. If left untreated the symptoms will get worse and include joint pain, severe headaches, heart palpitations and the inability to move one or both sides of the face. It is stated that months or years later repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur.
Treatment for Lyme disease can be done mostly through antibiotics. More and more people are being seen with advanced version of this disease, it is without saying take this disease very seriously.
Now with this disease being found in our National Park Service, according to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected ticks along hiking trails in nine eastern national parks. They found blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also called deer ticks, infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in all nine parks. The study is the first to confirm the presence of these ticks, which researchers already suspected because Lyme disease has been reported in the region.
Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites would be to wear long pants and use a pesticide with DEET in the ingredient. If you find ticks on you or your children or pets use a pair of tweezers. Be sure to remove the whole tick. If the tick is full of blood seek treatment in order to get an antibiotic in order to treat the infection the tick bite may cause.
The best prevention is to stay away from tick infested areas. But if you have to go into areas that you feel have ticks, make sure that your body is covered by clothing and treated with some sort of insect repellent. I know that when I am working on my property I will wear protective clothing and if I am handling firewood I will also wear gloves. When you and your family come back to where you are staying make sure that you search each other for any ticks, especially in scalp region. Getting these nasty things off your body as soon as possible is the best prevention that a person can do.