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What is Lyme Disease?

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well. To learn more, go to: www.cdc.gov/lyme/

Number of Lyme disease cases on the rise in Western Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania leads the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease, with more than 4,700 in 2011, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of confirmed cases in the southwestern part of the state spiked by 75 percent — from 315 cases in 2010 to 552 cases in 2011, according to Kait Gillis, deputy press secretary for the state Department of Health There are many tick prevention solutions for your pet. Please contact us if you have any questions