This list was taken from a blog “lyme is a four letter word“
Fact 1: Only 1/2 of people bitten (some estimates are even lower) develop the ‘tell-tale’ bulls-eye rash or recall being bitten.
Fact 2: Children are most commonly infected with Lyme Disease, so if you have little ones, please check them each and every time they come in from outdoors. Know where their moles are… Ticks can be the size of a poppyseed and look like a mole (mine did). The CDC says that Lyme Disease is most common among boys aged 5-19. This age group is affected at three times the average rate of all other age groups. Around 25% of all reported cases are children…the infection rate of children is likely much higher- probably because Lyme is frequently misdiagnosed or remains undiagnosed for many years.
Fact 3: Ticks can detect carbon dioxide and heat given off by warm blooded animals/humans. When they detect a host, they drop from trees or latch on from tall grasses.
Fact 4: Ticks secrete a numbing chemical so the host doesn’t feel their hard, stabbing mandibles pierce the skin.
Fact 5: Lyme Disease-carrying ticks have been found in every single state in the US, and on every continent other than Antarctia.
Fact 6: “There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), over 100 strains in the US alone, and 300 worldwide. This diversity is thought to contribute to the antigenic variability of the spirochete (Lyme Disease bacteria) and its ability to evade the immune system AND antibiotic therapy, leading to chronic infection.” -ILADS
Fact 7: Wearing light colored clothing can make ticks easier to spot, and tucking pants into socks can help protect feet and legs…plus, it looks really sexy!
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