The Month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Now that summer is soon upon us.  Its important to review some facts about Lyme Disease.

LYME DISEASE

  • Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, and can affect multiple systems of the body.
  • Lyme disease is transmitted when a person is bitten by an infected tick.
  • The infected tick needs to be attached for nearly 24 hours for the bacteria to be transmitted.
  • There may, or may not, be a bulls-eye rash at the bite site.
  • Stage 1 of Lyme Disease occurs days or weeks after initial infection and generally appears as flu-like symptoms. 
  • Stage 2 of Lyme Disease occurs weeks to months after initial infection with the greatest effects on muscles and joints. 
  • Stage 3 of Lyme Disease occurs months to years after initial infection, and can have very wide ranging effects on multiple systems of the body.
  • If found, use a tick lifter or fine tipped tweezers to remove the tick, then clean the wound well. 
  • Lyme Disease is maned after Old Lyme Connecticut where the disease was first reported in 1975.