Connecticut Residents Urged To Take Steps To Prevent Lyme Disease
As warm weather arrives in Connecticut, public is urged to take steps to prevent Lyme disease.
"With the summer approaching, many people will be spending their time outdoors, increasing their risk for Lyme disease" said Governor M. Jodi Rell. "By just taking a few simple precautions, people can still enjoy the outdoors and decrease their chances of being infected."
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by the bite of infected blacklegged (deer) ticks. Lyme disease can be acquired in any Connecticut town, particularly in wooded areas of the state where deer are abundant. During 2006, physicians reported 1788 confirmed cases of Lyme disease. From 1992 to 2005, physicians reported 1081-2257 cases each year.
"The majority of Lyme disease cases were likely acquired from deer tick bites occurring outside the home," stated DPH Commissioner J. Robert Galvin, M.D., M.P.H. "The following simple steps can help reduce the risk of infection when you are outdoors in your own back yard, or enjoying other warm weather activities:"