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June 29, 2020
LYME DISEASE PREVENTION
typical erythemia migrans (bulls-eye) rash
Ticks are on the Rise
The Paramus Board of Health Offers “Tick-Tips”
Paramus Health Officer Judith Migliaccio reports that Lyme disease is the most widely reported infectious disease in New Jersey. Lyme disease rates have significantly increased in the northern states due to the increased population of ticks. A contributing factor for the rise is climate change. With warming temperatures and unpredictable weather, ticks are showing up in places that were once thought to be too cold. As a result, the deer tick population is on the rise.
Lyme disease can produce many varied symptoms, which may include a flu-like illness with achy joints, muscle pain and headache. A bull’s eye shaped rash is often seen at the site of the bite.
Migliaccio states that in order to prevent infection, it is critical to be aware of where ticks are typically found as well as simple safety precautions to prevent infection.
The Paramus Board of Health recommends a few simple precautions to prevent Lyme disease. If you spend time in areas where ticks may be found, take these steps: