WHAT IT IS
- Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is transmitted to humans via deer ticks.
- Symptoms are usually fever, fatigue and a bull’s eye rash at the site of the bite. If untreated, Lyme disease attacks the body’s nervous system.
- It affects 300,000 people per year in the United States. 95% of cases are in the North East, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
WHY IT MATTERS
Lyme disease has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the U.S. Lyme is a debilitating disease that can very easily go untreated due to its symptoms similarities with other common diseases. It can become a chromic and life altering disease. Scientists believe that 2017 will be one of the worst years ever for Lyme.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Currently, there is no vaccine; however, the FDA just approved for a potential vaccine to be tested on humans.
- Use bug spray with DEET on your legs and wear long pants to lessen the chance of having a tick.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- The correlation between the rise in Lyme disease cases and climate change.
- Rising cost in medical bills.
- Lyme is considered common in the US, but it is mainly found in roughly 1/4th of the country.