Beware When Traveling to the Northeastern States – Lyme Disease Rates From Ticks Are Skyrocketing
What Is Lyme Disease?
New Hampshire and other Northeastern states tend to have the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation. While Lyme disease can be carried by a number of different species of ticks, it’s primarily associated with deer ticks.
Lyme disease begins with a deer tick that harbors a spirochete, which is the bacteria that causes the illness. When an infected tick comes into contact with a human, the spirochete is then transferred to that person. Experts are uncertain as to exactly how long the process takes, but it’s no more than 24 hours.
Once the spirochete enters your system, it triggers an immune response as your body tries to fight off the invader. Symptoms include a “bull’s-eye” rash along with fever, body aches and fatigue.
Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease
• Wear light-colored clothing, taking care not to leave large areas of skin exposed.
• Use a pest repellent that’s registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Apply carefully, avoiding hands, eyes and mouth.
• After time spent outdoors, examine your body carefully for ticks.
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