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Surge in Lyme Disease Cases Alerts Americans

Surge in Lyme Disease Cases Alerts Americans

United States: Lyme disease has become an emerging threat to the general public and health authorities of the United States. Cases linked to the disease have been reported across the nation, which has been troubling people and medical professionals.

Recently, the authorities of Coshocton County have raised concerns as the number of cases linked to the infection has increased. Amid this, the Coshocton Public Health District has launched a warning and has asked the residents to remain careful regarding the deer ticks, which are also caked black-legged ticks.

In May, the health district reported 17 cases of Lyme disease, which showed a significant rise from the previous years. In May 2023 only three (3) cases were registered, while in May 2022 only four (4) were reported by the health authorities. Amid the increasing threat, the citizens are strongly advised by the health district to adhere to safety protocols when engaging in outdoor activities.

What precautions must be followed?

Light-colored clothes are recommended: During the current season, an individual must wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants that can be tucked into high socks, and closed-toe footwear.

Inspect for ticks during and after outdoor activities, paying particular attention to areas around joints—behind the knees, between fingers and toes, and under the arms. Ensure thorough checks of the belly button, neck, hairline, top of the head, and behind the ears.

Use effective repellents. Products containing DEET repel ticks but do not exterminate them. Those with at least 0.5% permethrin not only repel ticks but also eliminate them. Permethrin should be applied directly to clothing and gear, not to skin.

Following a tick bite, symptoms of Lyme disease may appear several days or weeks later, resembling flu-like symptoms. These may include headaches, a stiff neck, muscle and joint pain, a slight fever with chills, fatigue, reduced appetite, and swollen glands. A red rash may also develop, often resembling a bullseye or target.

Removal of the tick!

Use tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin surface as possible, to remove the tick from the skin. Pull steadily and evenly upwards; do not twist or jerk the tick. After removal, cleanse the bite area and hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

Avoid crushing the tick with fingers. Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the drain or submerging it in hand sanitizer in a sealed bag before discarding it.

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