Lyme Disease On the Rise

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Just in time for tick season, a new study published in the journal CMAJ Open found that Lyme disease rates are rising in the Northern U.S. Specifically, FOX News reported that “between 1992 and 2007 there were significant increases in Lyme disease rates in 21 states.”

Lyme disease, the most common tick-transmitted disease in the world, causes symptoms including fever, headache, arthritis, and fatigue.

As people head outdoors this summer to enjoy the weather, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests using repellents that contain 20 percent or more DEET, avoiding areas that are wooded or have high grass, and showering soon after returning from the outdoors.