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You may have heard of Lyme disease, but chances are it’s not something you’ve ever worried about.
But recent research suggests is far more common than we knew.
Read on for 4 shocking Lyme disease statistics to help you know more and prevent it from happening to you!
Shocking Lyme Disease Statistics
1. Lyme Disease is Increasingly Common
The number of reported cases of Lyme disease has doubled in the last 25 years.
Research performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) suggests that one of the factors for the increase of cases is rising temperatures.
The species’ that carry and transmit Lyme disease thrive in warm, humid temperatures. The gradual warming of the earth would support growth in population for ticks and other carriers of the bacterial illness.
2. Only 1 Out of 10 Cases are Reported and Diagnosed
While about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC every year, research shows that the number of people infected each year is likely closer to 300,000.
Some people’s immune systems are able to fight off the infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria before it has a chance to cause any symptoms. But for others, a rash can develop. If untreated, the infection will spread to heart, nerves, and joints.
In the worst of cases, it can cause death.
Because Lyme disease can be fatal, it’s vital that people who have it are treated for it. Unchecked or undetected, Lyme disease can slowly kill the body.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a tick or you suspect you may have Lyme disease, contact a specialist at BrainSpark Health today so that they can asses your situation and treat it as needed.
3. High-Risk Areas
95% of Lyme disease cases in America happen in the northeastern area of the United States.
If you live in, frequently visit, or have traveled to that region, be sure to check yourself for any symptoms and visit a doctor if you have concerns.
4. Lyme Disease is Preventable
Luckily, Lyme disease is highly preventable if you take safety measures. Here are some ways you can prevent yourself and loved ones from contracting Lyme disease.
- When camping, use insect repellent that has a 30-40% DEET content
- When running or hiking, stay in the middle of the path because ticks can’t jump or fly. If you’re out of the brush, they won’t be able to reach you.
- Wear light-colored clothing. If a tick does get on you, light-colored clothing will make it easier to spot.
- Tuck your pants into your socks. Although it isn’t high fashion, it will act as a literal barrier between the ticks and your skin.
- Stay in sunny, dry areas. Avoid setting up the picnic blanket in a shady, dewy place.
- Always perform an inspection after being outdoors in an area where ticks might be. Be sure to check the groin and other potentially damp areas. A shower is a perfect place to check.
These Lyme disease statistics may seem frightening, but they help us to prevent the spread of a harmful and sometimes deadly disease.
Remember to take preventative measures, and if you suspect that you may have been bitten by a tick or infected, then go to a doctor immediately!
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