The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and local health departments continue to investigate the spread of Lyme disease throughout New York State. Saratoga County is considered “endemic” for Lyme Disease. This means that the disease is regularly found in this area.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stage of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. Since Lyme disease first became reportable in 1986, over 72,000 cases have now been confirmed in New York State.
Note: Ticks are no longer being sent to NYSDOH for Lyme disease testing.
Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease can affect the heart, joints, and nervous system of its victims. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
* Erythema migrans (bull’s eye rash)
* Flu-like symptoms
If you have been bitten by a tick, proper removal is important!
Ticks spreading a bacteria can only spread the disease after being on its host for over 12 hours.
A tick can spread a virus after only a short period of time. This is why removing a tick quickly is very important. Watch the following video from the New York State Department of Health, which shows how to properly remove a tick.
Remember: use of essential oils has not been proven to safely remove a tick and when removing a tick, use only fine-tipped tweezers