Lyme Disease – Problem – Recommendation

Lyme Disease has gotten its name from the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, where it was first identified in 1975.  Since then, the number of cases of the disease have increased in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Cases are reported every year, amounting to over 15,000, according to the CDC in states, such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. The disease is also prevalent in Europe and in countries such as Russia, China, Japan and Australia.

Lyme disease is an illness that is tick-borne in the United States, caused by a certain bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi. The tick is carried by deer and mice in most places. In several places along the northern Pacific coast of California, the disease is transmitted by black-legged ticks, carried by wood rats.

The first sign of the disease is the appearance of a red, circular lesion or rash on the skin that gradually expands in a circular pattern, known as the bull’s-eye rash. Symptoms include achiness, backache, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.

Recommendations:

1)   Eat plenty of garlic in your diet or take garlic supplements .

2)   Inspect pets prior to letting them indoors. They may be carriers of ticks.

3)    Keep your lawn mowed. Remove leaf litter and brush, including woodpiles during the summer.

For your information, there was recently an incidence of Lyme disease in the United States, aired on television. The CDC provides information on Lyme disease to health professionals and the general public.

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