Learn these Lyme disease prevention strategies to keep you and your loved ones safe from infected ticks, flies, mosquitoes and more.
Be sure to check yourself, and any children or animals that are with you, after spending time outdoors.
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A press release from Lyme Disease United Coalition.
Ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, fleas, and mites are capable of carrying Borrelia burgdorferi, or as a person on the street terms it, "Lyme disease (Ld)”.
Dr. Paul Meade, of Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at a 2010 Institute of Medicine meeting, stated Lyme disease is an "epidemic”.
"Transmission from ticks appears to be the most common and important method of transmission, perhaps because ticks have a salivary protein called Salp 15, which the Borrelia attaches to and is thought to have immuno suppressive effects. Following transmission, Borrelia can travel through the body quite rapidly, including into the central nervous system,” states researcher Tina Carvallo, from the University of Hawaii, in a recent study.
What are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease? Remember, there are two stages: early-stage and late-stage.
Early Stage – curable: Symptoms may appear from 4 hours to several weeks after an infected tick, mosquito, biting fly, flea, or mite bite:
Late Stage (Chronic Lyme) – incurable: These symptoms may occur weeks, months, and even years after the bite and the symptoms may come and go. Peak disease is associated with increasing numbers of spirochetes in the tissues while regression follows the antibody response. It is very cyclic and fluctuates in intensity so that symptoms are present on some days and not on others.
For more information contact:
Lyme Disease United Coalition (Global)
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