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Alarming: Lyme Disease Infected Ticks Detected in US Counties

Lyme Disease Infected Ticks Detected in US Counties

United States: Health authorities and experts have sounded alarmed regarding the spread of Lyme disease via ticks in certain counties of the United States. According to reports by the Health Authorities of Michigan County, some of the ticks tested positive for the bacterium that may cause the disease.

While briefing more about the infected tick and health experts mentioned that the test was conducted by the Lenawee County Vector Borne Disease Surveillance program. According to the test, Ixodes scapularis, also known as blacklegged ticks was tested positive for the bacteria that result in Lyme disease, scientifically named as Borrelia burgdorferi.

According to the health authorities, it is the first-ever case that ticks have been tested positive for the disease in Lenawee County, according to the official update by the health authority of the county, according to CBS News.

After witnessing the new case, the health authorities have outlined that they have been considering Lenawee County as an area which can possess potential risk for Lyme disease. Another reason cited by the expert was county’s close proximity with the other counties that have had positive cases.

Common signs and symptoms linked to Lyme Disease:

According to health experts, the person infected with the disease can witness the following symptoms:

Fever

Fatigue

Headache

Joint aches or stiffness

Muscle aches

Chills

Swollen lymph nodes

How to prevent from getting sick?

The health experts have outlined that it is important for the general public to follow the recommendations proposed by them, which are as follows:

Ensuring your wellbeing post-outdoor excursions involves meticulous tick inspections, particularly focusing on areas such as beneath the arms, around the auricles, inside the navel, behind the knees, between the thighs, around the waistline, and within the hair, as highlighted by CBS News.

Employ an insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET. Opt for long sleeves, enclosed shoes, and socks when venturing outdoors. Avoid densely wooded and brush-laden regions with tall grass and leaf detritus. Promptly shower after outdoor engagements to reduce tick attachment risks. Regularly examine pets and outdoor equipment for ticks.

Moreover, Michigan inhabitants should acquaint themselves with the state’s prevalent tick species. Although ticks are a year-round concern, their activity heightens during warmer seasons and notably surges following mild winters.

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