Lyme Disease: Prevention Tips and Symptoms List

Learn these Lyme disease prevention strategies to keep you and your loved ones safe from infected ticks, flies, mosquitoes and more.

| June 25, 2013

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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:

3/2/2014 3:26:39 PM Lyme disease is not spread by mites, mosquitoes, or biting flies. It is spread by specific tick species. The above link to the CDC has a good explanation of disease transmission. Please be sure to vet your information carefully so we can be properly informed. Thank you.

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