Wet spring welcomes an uptick in ticks, Lyme disease
Tue, 20 May 2014 22:33:02 GMT —
doctors are worried that the number of Lyme disease cases will go up this year.
Environmentalists say the
extremely snowy winter created the perfect conditions for ticks to thrive this spring and summer.
hey like wet grassy areas
dense leaf litter
," Brittany Mauricette, Otsego County Conservation District Forester.
n increased number of
Black-legged ticks survived the harsh winter by hiding in the snow.
nd now that it has warmed up
they have latched onto deer and other animals.
he ticks that carry
the disease are only found in certain parts of the state," Dr. Joshua Meyerson, Health Department of Northwest Michigan Medical Director said.
Black-legged ticks with Lyme disease are typically found in counties along the state's western shoreline.
"If somebody got bit by a tick in Emmet County, I would say that they're at very low risk for Lyme disease," Dr. Meyerson said. "If they got bit by a tick a black tick in Grand Traverse County, especially around Sleeping Bear sand dunes they would be at a higher risk."
f you get bit
there are certain symptoms that go along with the disease.
bout 80% of people who get
Lyme disease will get a very distinctive rash, that usually occurs around the side of the tick bite but it can occur at different places as well," Dr. Meyerson said.
ou may also experience a fever, chills, and muscle aches
but the disease is easily treatable with antibiotics.
ut if you want to play it safe
your best bet is to cover up when exploring the woods.
ake sure that when you do go out into the woods you take precautions
try to protect your body is much as you can
," Mauricette said.