Lyme Disease and Other Diseases Spread by Ticks

Page updated on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:19 AM

As the weather starts to warm up, and we spend more time outdoors, Tick and mosquito-borne disease prevention should be on everyone’s mind.

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in our area. Spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as a deer tick), it is a bacterial infection that can cause fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash. If left untreated, the disease can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.

There are many Lyme disease symptoms, but not everyone has all of them. The most common ones are:

  • A bull’s-eye rash. (Only 70 to 80 percent of people with Lyme disease get this rash.)
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Achy muscles and joints.

Avoiding ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Use repellent when outdoors and always check for ticks when you come inside. If you have symptoms or signs of Lyme disease or another tick-borne illness, see your doctor – even if you do not remember being bitten by a tick. Most cases of Lyme or other tick-borne diseases can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. 

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