DELAWARE, Ohio (WTVN) -- A case on Lyme disease has been confirmed in Delaware County. It's prompted the Delaware General Health District to urge people in the Lewis Center area to take precaution while outside.
Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. While most ticks are active during May through July, blacklegged ticks are active year round.
The blacklegged tick was recently considered to be rare in Ohio. However, recent evidence shows a dramatic increase in the number of blacklegged ticks in the state.
For this reason, it's especially important that people living in affected regions take steps now to prevent Lyme disease when they go outside. Hikers and hunters should especially be aware of this type of tick.
Employees of the Delaware General Health District along with public health nurses will be going door-to-door informing those who live in the area of Peachblow Road and Piatt Road about the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease along with ways to prevent the common tick-borne disease.
To prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, DGHD recommends that people:
Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a large, expanding skin rash that may have a bull's-eye appearance. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Anyone who develops a fever or a rash after being bitten by a tick or spending time in tick-infested areas should seek prompt medical care. Most patients with Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
If you find a live tick and would like to have it identified, contact the OSU Extension - Delaware County office at 740-833-2030.
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