6/1/2011

PENNSYLVANIA IS #1 IN U.S. FOR LYME DISEASE

Pennsylvania is the number one state in the nation in reported cases of Lyme Disease - an infection that a person can get from tick bites.

The Centers for Disease Control released the new report which shows that PA had the most cases in 2009. PA had more than 4,900 that year.

The majority of the cases are in Eastern Pennsylvania, but infections have been seen throughout the entire state.

A person gets Lyme Disease from an infected tick. In Pennsylvania, the deer tick carries it.

It can start out as a bulls-eye rash, which is a rash that resembles a bulls-eye. It develops around the tick bite. It can then lead to flu-like symptoms.

Lyme Disease can be cured through antibiotics, if it's in the early stages.

If left untreated, it can progress into severe arthritis and even a type of meningitis.

Here are some ways to protect yourself against Lyme Disease:

Avoid Areas with Ticks
Wear Tick Repellents
Wear Long Sleeves and Long Pants
Check Yourself for Ticks and Remove Them
For tips on removing ticks: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/removal/index.html

You can also learn more about Lyme Disease from the CDC here: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme

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