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Lyme Disease

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If the summer weather has you headed outdoors, remember to protect yourself from the pests that can be both a nuisance and a danger.

We've talked this week about mosquitoes and how they can spread West Nile Virus to humans.

But another bug is also a danger - ticks can spread disease including Lyme Disease.

The State Health Department reports 19 people contracted Lyme Disease in the state last year.

The sickness comes from bacteria that travel from a deer tick to a person's blood stream.

Symptoms include a fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, muscle pain and one very noticeable target.

(Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe, Infectious Disease Specialist) "The first stage is, you may have a rash at the site of the bite, and the rash looks like, people describe it as a bulls-eye rash or a target rash."

Lime disease can happen to anyone, but treatment is also very easy, it simply requires some antibiotics.

To cause any major health complications, the tick must stay attached for a 24 hour period, so it's important to check yourself and your kids each day for ticks.

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