Emily Maiella

Treating, and avoiding, Lyme Disease

Spring is finally here. We can emerge from our houses, go for hikes, take walks, and stroll around in the woods.

But we should avoid getting bitten by a deer tick.

Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) live everywhere in the country, including here in Windham County. Many deer ticks now carry Lyme disease, as well as four other bacterial infections: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.

Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete (spiral-shaped bacteria) borrelia burgdorferi, which is similar to the syphilis organism.

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