The Lone star tick may just be the latest blood thirsty invader to cause alarm; due in part to the bacteria it carries called Borrelia burgdorferi. This particular bacterium causes Lyme disease, a serious illness which can cause permanent damage in individuals who are not treated in the early stages of the disease. According to the latest research, the number of human cases of Lyme disease between 2000 and 2004 were 30; however by 2009 that number had tripled to 90 cases and by 2013, the number of cases reported was 166 and rising. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases of Lyme disease nationwide could be as many as 10 times the number of reported causes. The symptoms of Lyme disease are often misdiagnosed since they often mimic flu like symptoms.
What Happens If Lyme Disease Goes Undetected?What is the First Line Treatment for Lyme Disease?
According to the CDC, the best form of treatment is take a course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor for up to three weeks when the disease is diagnosed early. If the disease is diagnosed in the later stages, the CDC recommends a longer course of antibiotics administered over several months. One of the frustrations experienced by the victims of Lyme disease occurs when further testing confirms that the disease is gone but the symptoms remain. This is referred to as post-Lyme disease syndrome.
How Can You Protect Yourself from Lyme Disease?
As ticks with the potential to spread Lyme disease continue to move across the state of Texas, the knowledgeable experts at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control recommend that residents take precautions to stop the spread of disease by avoiding area where ticks are present and using repellents containing permethrin on clothing. Make it a habit to check yourself and family members for ticks and if you find one remove it as quickly as possible. If you are bitten the chances of contracting Lyme disease are almost none providing you remove the tick within 24 hours of exposure. Professional tick control gives you the peace of mind to know ticks are not in your yard waiting to crawl on and bite you!