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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The CDC estimates that over 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks (East Coast) and black-legged ticks (West Coast) that are often found in tall grass, bushes and near fallen logs.

The disease can be hard to detect and treat, and is frequently misdiagnosed as things like chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, or depression.

Follow these tips to keep you and your family tick free:

  1. Walk in the middle of trails
  2. Avoid tall grass, bushes and fallen logs
  3. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and shoes
  4. Check yourself for ticks immediately after outdoor activities

For more information, visit lymedisease.org.

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Over 300,000 Americans get Lyme disease each year.