Friday, August 10, 2012

Lyme Disease In Depth

Lyme disease is cause by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the bite of a tick.  Typical symptoms are, but not limited to: fever, headache, fatigue, and rash.  If it is left untreated, it can spread to the heart, joints, and nervous system.  It is diagnosed by physical symptoms and the possibility of exposure to ticks.  Lab testing is beneficial in the diagnosing process, if done correctly.  Normally, lyme disease can be treated successfully in matter of weeks by antibiotics.  Steps to prevent lyme disease are: insect repellent, removing ticks quickly and properly, applying tick pesticides, and avoiding tick habitats.  If you see any of the symptoms, please seek medical attention, if not it can lead to paralysis is severe cases!  Stay Informed!  http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/

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