Health officials in Pennsylvania are advising the public to be aware of Lyme disease and ticks as they spend more time outdoors and the weather is getting warmer.
“Lyme disease can be a very serious illness, and it is left untreated, which can lead to life difficulties,” said Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine. “Ticks carrying Lyme disease are found in any part of our state, whether rural, urban and even urban. It is essential that people take outdoors, whether walking, visiting a park or walking their dog steps to protect themselves by correct dressing. After being outside, it is necessary to check yourself for ticks and to make a shower immediately. ”
Lyme Disease, other diseases that were ticked in 2017
Pennsylvania cases of Lyme disease are among the highest cases in the country, and ticks that carry Lyme disease were acquired in 67 Pennsylvania county. In 2017, there were 11,900 cases of Lyme diseases in the state. Ticks carrying Lyme disease are found in almost any location.
Lyme disease tips are found in every Pennsylvania county
Governor Wolf continued his commitment to tackling Lyme's disease by recommending $ 2.5 million dollars in the 2019-2020 budget Lyme disease education and prevention. This continued funding, which matches the 2018-2019 budget, will continue to contribute to the efforts of building a stronger Lyme disease program, surveillance of ticks in Pennsylvania and participation in surveillance of ticketed diseases. improvement with health care providers.
Those who spend time outdoors should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and should use insects to spend time with DEET. After finishing time outdoors, it is important for you to check thoroughly your ticks, remove any tethers connected promptly and take a shower. A shower will help to wash off un-assembled ticks. Make sure you change clothes and put clothes worn in the dryer at high temperature to kill any ticks that may be there. Also check pets that spend time outside.
Many people with Lyme disease do not know that they have ticked them, because ticks can be very small and difficult to see. If a circular rash like a bull-eye is visible, you should consult a doctor, as you may have Lyme disease. However, not everyone with Lyme's disease has a rash. Other symptoms are non-specific and include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain.
If you develop any symptoms or symptoms of Lyme disease, see your healthcare provider immediately.