Lyme Disease: Protect & Prevent

lyme-preventionLyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the US, Canada and Western Europe. The CDC estimates that there are over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have come across ticks. Ticks can’t fly or jump, so these little pests transfer onto an animal or person that brushes up against any foliage that they may have crawled on. Once on a host, they normally make their way to a warm, moist location such as the armpits before settling down to draw blood.

While not all ticks cause illness, they are known carriers for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, as well as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and others.

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the corkscrew-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Continue reading “Lyme Disease: Protect & Prevent”

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