Pennsylvania has highest number of Lyme disease cases in US as peak tick season approaches

Kristen Walters

As the weather warms up across Pennsylvania, so do numbers of Lyme disease cases. Don't forget to take proper precautions and check for ticks often when you're outside this summer.

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Summer is right around the corner, which means warmer weather and longer days are on the horizon. However, it also means that we are approaching peak tick season.

Ticks are tiny, blood-sucking parasites that can transmit various diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States, and Pennsylvania currently has the highest number of reported cases.

Lyme disease is a serious illness that can significantly impact a person's health. The disease is caused by bacteria that are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick.

The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a rash that typically appears as a bull's-eye around the site of the tick bite. Other symptoms can include fever, headaches, fatigue, and joint pain.

Lyme disease can be challenging to diagnose, as the symptoms can mimic those of other illnesses. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious complications, such as heart and nervous system problems.

Lyme disease is a serious illness that requires prompt treatment. If you think you may have been exposed to Lyme disease, it is important to see a doctor immediately.

Pennsylvania is home to a large deer population that tends to carry ticks, as well as dense woods and meadows where ticks tend to thrive. As a result, Pennsylvania residents need to take precautions to protect themselves from these potentially dangerous pests.

When spending time outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants to prevent ticks from making contact with your skin. It is also recommended that you use insect repellent and always check for ticks afterward.

Additionally, if you have pets, you'll want to check their fur for ticks whenever they have been outside, as they are also susceptible to Lyme disease.

Taking these simple precautions can help prevent Lyme disease and other illnesses this tick season.

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