Fighting Lyme Disease

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.

  • ANTI TICK – “Get rid of the source!”

    • Oh, deer:   Deer are not the culprits in transmitting Lyme to the tick (mice are), but they are responsible in the rising population of ticks.
      Reducing the number of deer per square mile can reduce the number of cases of Lyme disease in that area.
    • Foxy:   Other strategies include using foxes to hunt the white footed mice, one of the biggest transmitters of Lyme.
    • Spray away:   People often spray their lawns to kill ticks. There is also a new invention called the Damminix Tick Tube which kills the ticks on the mice.
  • ANIMALS RIGHTS – “We need a cure!”

    • Affect one’s lifestyle:   Lyme disease can become a severe burden for those who have it.
    • Medical expenses:   The cost of Doxycycline, the antibiotic that fights Lyme, has gone up.
    • Other diseases:   Lyme disease is not the only devastating disease that ticks carry.

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.