Outdoor Activity In Warm Weather Means Increased Exposure To Lyme Disease

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Exposure To Lyme Disease

The Nassau County Department of Health reminds residents that they may be placing themselves at risk of exposure to Lyme disease.

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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause arthritic, heart and nervous system problems. It is transmitted through the bite of infected deer ticks which are active from May to November. An early symptom of Lyme disease may be a discrete circular or oval rash that may develop between 3 and 30 days after the tick bite and continues to expand or spread. In some cases, no rash appears, while in other cases, there are multiple rashes.

Other early symptoms include fatigue, chills and fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and swollen lymph nodes. Because Lyme disease is often difficult to diagnose, and often produces variable symptoms, it is important to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

To help prevent Lyme and other tick-related illnesses, try to stay out of tick-infested areas such as wooded areas and adjacent grasslands, high grass, dense shrubbery and areas adjacent to salt marshes. If one does go into tick areas:

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