{upstate new york} lyme disease

June 21, 2017

On a recent travel to the upstate New York region, we encountered this warning sign. It actually contains quite a bit of information about prevention. In any case it got everyone’s attention. We have all heard the term Lyme Disease. What exactly is it? Should we keep away from outdoor activities and protect ourselves by covering everything up like this?

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted by tiny blacklegged ticks. If left untreated, the infection could spread to the joints, the heart and the nervous system. Fortunately, most cases of Lyme Disease can be treated successfully by a few weeks of antibiotics regiment.

Also, luckily, the early sign of a Lyme Disease tick bite is very distinct. The medical term is erythema migrans. It manifests as an expanding annular rash on your skin, centered around the tick bite. If you don’t see such circular rash on your skin, you’re probably safe.

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