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Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is an infectious form of arthritis caused by bacteria from the bite of an infected deer tick. If you live in or visit an area where deer ticks are prevalent, follow these precautions:
  • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when walking in the woods or high grass.

  • Check carefully for ticks afterward; destroy any that you find. To transmit the bacteria, the tick must be attached to the skin for at least 24 hours.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease include:
  • An irregular-shaped rash with a white center at the bite one to three weeks later.

  • Fever and joint aches.
The disease responds to antibiotics — and treatment is most effective when the disease is in the early stages. If you get a suspicious rash or flu-like symptoms, see your doctor.

This information is not a substitute for consultation with a personal physician.

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