May is prime season for tick activity; which is why the month is observed to learn about Lyme Disease. While not all ticks carry tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, getting bit by a tick is not something to just brush off. Here are the basics about Lyme Disease:
Facts about Lyme Disease
- Lyme Disease affects over 300,000 individuals each year including dogs and cats. While the symptoms of Lyme vary from person to person, most Lyme Disease symptoms resemble the common cold or flu. Therefore, Lyme Disease is often misdiagnosed. Pay attention to changes in the body; and visit a doctor after being bit by a tick.
Remember, the red "Bulls-eye" mark is the most recognizable symbol of Lyme Disease.
- Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease spread by ticks. There are over 900 species of ticks wandering throughout North America; however, only five tick species make headlines for carrying Lyme Disease; Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; and the [new] red meat allergy.
- The Lyme Disease bacterium is carried by white-footed mice. Researchers feel that mice passed on ticks to white-tailed deer and birds that migrated to other areas where they spread the disease.
- Lyme Disease is not curable; but it is treatable.
- Lyme Disease has lifelong effects on the body.
- Any warm-blooded mammal can get Lyme Disease.