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LYME and TICK BORNE DISEASE PROJECT

One of the impacts of a changing climate is the increase in the frequency of lyme disease and other tick borne diseases.  

Our District has developed an informational project to inform our members about the nature of the problem and steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of getting the lyme and other tick borne diseases.  Your club can schedule a presentation by contacting Frank Mondi at docmond@aol.com

More info on Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii. It 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 tick borne diseases as well.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) webpage on Lyme Disease

CDC webpage on other tick borne diseases

FAQ on Tick Borne Diseases