Lyme Disease Update 2016
|With warmer temperatures come ticks. Lyme disease (LD) continues to be the most common tick related illness in our region. The best treatment strategy for LD and other tick-borne illnesses is prevention.
LD is caused by the bite of the very tiny blacklegged tick (AKA, deer tick-see photo). Deer ticks are now common in New York. The number of annual cases of LD in Ontario County has increased with the number of ticks, but we still have fewer cases than other parts of the state and nation.
Not all deer ticks carry bacteria that cause LD. So finding a tick attached to your body does not necessarily mean you will get sick. The longer an infected tick remains attached to the body, the more likely it is to transmit LD; those attached for >36 hours are most likely to cause illness.
|Symptoms usually begin about a week after exposure (range 3-30 days). They include:
TreatmentLD is treatable. Antibiotics are very effective. In a small percentage of people, symptoms may linger after treatment. This is unusual.
For more information about LD and other illnesses spread by ticks, follow the links below: