Lyme Disease: ahead of pace from last year
Updated: Tuesday, August 27 2013, 11:32 AM EDT
Monroe County, N.Y. -- Dean Clayton became severely ill two weeks ago with profuse sweating and aches and pains. At first, his doctor thought it was a virus. But the next day Dean’s wife Julie noticed the bullseye-rash on her husband’s back.
That’s usually a tell-tale sign of Lyme Disease. He is feeling better after being treated with antibiotics.
Julie and Dean are nature lovers who spend every day outside hiking, kayaking and enjoying the outdoors. Although they have seen ticks before on their skin and on their pets, they didn’t worry about Lyme disease until Dean got terribly sick.They are sharing their story to raise awareness about the illness which is caused by deer tics.
The Monroe County Health Department said there have been 17 cases of Lyme disease this year. They are reminding healthcare providers to check for signs of the illness.
The disease is curable with antibiotics, but if untreated or treated late, it can cause chronic symptoms, including neurological problems.
The best advice from healthcare professionals is to avoid getting bitten. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when walking in the woods or areas with high grass. Use insect-repellant with 20 percent or more DEET. If you find a tick on your skin, carefully remove it and save it so it can be tested.
If you notice symptoms, which can include fever, notify your doctor.