Protect Yourself During Tick Season to Prevent Lyme Disease

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For Immediate Release: April 6, 2012

Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON – The incidence of Lyme disease from exposure to ticks continues to rise in Vermont. In 2011, more than 600 cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Vermont Department of Health. Several factors, including an increase in infected tick populations, and more testing by health care providers, may account for the record high number of cases in the Green Mountain State.

Between 1999 and 2007, 511 cases were reported to the Vermont Department of Health. However, during the past four years, the number of reported case has soared to 1,791.

“Health care providers statewide are aware of the importance of early recognition and early treatment of Lyme disease,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “Our role is to remind people about effective prevention strategies during tick season.”

Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early. Left untreated, Lyme disease may affect other parts of the body, including the heart and nervous system.

Lyme disease is transmitted from the bite of infected deer ticks, which are tiny and difficult to detect (the size of a poppy seed).

Measures everyone should take to prevent exposure to ticks and reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease are:

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