A nationwide disease outbreak has spread to all of the states in America. Now, the word is getting out about the illness and what people need to be on the lookout for.
According to CBS, Lyme diseases been found across the country. The disease can be spread by ticks and has been on the rise in recent weeks.
"Quest Diagnostics has released their findings of over six million blood tests taken over the last seven years. The New Jersey-based clinical laboratory says cases of Lyme have exploded in unusual areas like California and Florida. Lab workers believe ticks are finding it easier to survive in new regions and spreading diseases to unsuspecting residents," reported CBS.
A lot of people enjoy outdoor activities in the summer. Some folks choose to camp or hike, others simply like to enjoy the outdoors with their family. However, even coming in contact with the outdoors is exposing people to the potential for ticks to infect them with this disease.
“Our data show that positive results for Lyme are both increasing in number and occurring in geographic areas not historically associated with the disease,” researchers wrote in the July 30 press release. “We hypothesize that these significant rates of increase may reinforce other research suggesting changing climate conditions that allow ticks to live longer and in more regions may factor into disease risk.”
Lyme disease can be treated, if detected early, with antibiotics. However, if it gets to a critical stage then it can leave some major complications on the nervous system. Be sure to wear protective clothing when outside and always check yourself, and your pets, for ticks.
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