Lyme Disease Skyrockets

Minggu, 26 Juni 2011

Lyme Disease Skyrockets

Cases of Lyme Disease have tripled between 1992 at 10,000 cases nationally to almost 40,000 in 2009.
95% of Lyme Disease cases occur in 12 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. To complicate matters, as infection rates rise, a second, similar infection has been cropping up where Lyme Disease first became prominent- called Babesiosis. Babesiosis is slightly different, harms red blood cells and can mimic malaria in its symptoms.
As Americans increasingly make their way outdoors- and unfortunately, into the realm ticks occupy- CBS offers these tips to avoid Lyme Disease and Babesiosis-carrying ticks:
  • Avoid wooded, bushy areas with high grass, and stick to the center of hiking trails.

  • Use bug repellants that contain 20 percent or more of DEET on skin, or ones that contain permethrin on clothing. Some clothes are pre-treated with permethrin and can protect from ticks through 70 washes.

  • Even these measures can’t guarantee a tick won’t bite, so hop in the shower within two hours of returning from the outdoors to double-check and wash off any creepy crawlers.

  • If you find a tick latched on, use a fine-tipped tweezers to steadily lift it off – steady is the key word since twisting and jerking can break off parts of the tick, leaving it in your skin.

  • Clean the area with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water after removing the tick.

  • Don’t forget to check your pet- they’re at a high risk for bites, and ticks are harder to find under all that fur.
    Have you ever had a close call with a deer tick?

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