Tick-Borne Lyme Disease Cases Rise in Ohio

Michaela Madison Reporting

(Thursday, November 9th) Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are reminding Ohioans that despite the colder weather, ticks are still active.

Officials say 241 cases of Lyme disease in 60 counties have been reported so far in 2017. They note cases have steadily increased in the state during the past five years with 93 cases in 2013, 119 cases in 2014, 154 cases in 2015 and 160 cases last year.

They explain Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness, muscle pain, and headache. A bulls-eye shaped rash is also often reported at the site of the bite.

With fall hunting season underway and deer gun season set to begin November 27th, the ODNR is asking hunters to take extra precautions.

Suggestions include:

  • When possible, walk in the center of trails and paths to avoid brushing up against ticks.
  • Apply bug repellent to everyone in your party, including pets.
  • Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside clothing.
  • Shower immediately after returning from the outdoors to remove unattached ticks.
  • Check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats.
  • Remove any attached tick immediately by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. Do not twist or jerk.

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