Study Shows Strong Wave Of Lyme Disease

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

A new study shows that a strong wave of Lyme disease is making its way across the U.S. and that has many experts telling people to be on the look out for ticks as they head outdoors for the summer.

Experts say if you plan on doing outdoor activities you should stay away from heavily wooded and thick, grassy areas.

They also say you should be mindful of what you wear.

“Typically, keep your socks over you pant legs if you know you're in a real tick infested area. Light clothing helps, but also just thorough checks when you get out of a wooded area or grassy areas, is the best thing, best rule of thumb,” Naturalist Brian Gasdor said.

Naturalists say staying on marked trails is the best way to avoid ticks.

One sign of a Lyme disease infection is a red round rash that spreads at the site of a tick bite.

Flu like symptoms are also common including headaches, sore muscles, and a fever.

Infected ticks usually don't spread Lyme Disease until they have been attached for at least 36 hours.

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  • by Lisa Location: KY on Jun 15, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    Ticks are nasty! And I don't know about yall, but that Matt Barbour reporter is the most handsome thing I've ever seen!!
  • by Amy Location: Joplin, MO on Jun 12, 2008 at 04:52 PM
    Please be careful. My daughter walked outside and came back in 5 minutes later with a small tick on her arm. It was attached but easy to remove. She developed a lyme rash that evening. Yes, the longer they are attached increases the likelihood of infection but do not think your OK if it hasn't been attached for very long. Studies show the bacteria can be released in your system and travel to the brain in a very short period of time. This we discovered first hand.
  • by J Location: KY on Jun 11, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    I know that ticks are awful this year...and it isn't just in wooded areas. Our yard and surrounding land is kept very neat and free of weeds and tall grass, but the ticks will get on you just walking through. Does anyone know of a spray or anything we could use that won't kill flowers or sicken pets?
  • by Duh Location: Ky on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:12 AM
  • by Dottie Location: Southern Illinois on Jun 11, 2008 at 04:35 AM . The truth be told. . Please go and be enlightened.


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