Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

DE health officials launch Lyme Disease Awareness campaign

DE health officials launch Lyme Disease Awareness campaign

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports illnesses spread from mosquitos and ticks have tripled from 2004 to 2016.

Senator Kennedy introduced a bill in the state Legislature, which Assemblymemeber Wallace is sponsoring in the Assembly, which would require health insurances providers to cover long-term medical care for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens.

The CDC estimates that about 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease each year, primarily in states in the upper Midwest and Northeast.

After a diagnosis of Lyme Disease three years ago, ESF entomologist Melissa Fierke went from studying bugs that kill trees to also studying ticks.

There has been a steady increase in tick numbers over the past decades, translating into an similar increase in the number of cases of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and even allergies to red meat in people who have been bitten by ticks.

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Symptoms of Lyme disease include: rash, fever, aches, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms. Ticks don't just live in the forests and brushy areas-they can be in your yard and even show in your home.

"It enables these ticks to expand to new areas", Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said in the Reuters report. As a result, more people are at risk for infection.

Dr. Scott Stienecker, director of medical epidemiology and infection prevention for Parkview Health, said ticks over the past decade have been making their way to IN from Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. "The ticks that we have that most commonly bite people in Virginia are found in forest habitats". "It takes several hours if up to two days for a disease to transmit during a tick bite, so don't panic and call us for any advice". "Where there are ticks, there comes diseases". Ticks can latch onto your pet outside, fall off inside your house, and then bite you when they get hungry again, entomologist Angela Tucker, Ph.D., manager of technical services at Terminix, tells SELF. "Yet, 84 percent of local vector control organizations lack at least 1 of 5 core vector control competencies".

"Warming temperatures associated with climate change are projected to increase the range of suitable tick habitat and are therefore one of multiple factors driving the observed spread of Lyme disease", the EPA said.

What can everyone do to protect themselves from mosquito, tick, and flea bites? . As such, the CDC has launched a public health campaign to protect against risky illnesses from insect bites.

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The Indiana Department of Health is encouraging Indiana residents to take precautions against tick bites.

Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.

Find and remove ticks daily from family members and pets.

There are a few tick and mosquito protection "rules" to follow this summer to protect yourself from illnesses.

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