Summer is in full swing and, in fact we can almost see the fall on the horizon, which means getting in our last hurrahs outdoors. From the beaches to the mountains, there is no shortage of amazing outdoor fun to be had.
But they also carry risks that we need to be aware of so that a great weekend backpacking trip, does not turn into a lifelong struggle with pain and nervous system damage.
Lyme disease is a very serious problem in the United States with over thirty thousand reported cases every year in every state but Hawaii. Now you can learn everything you need to know about this nasty illness in this quick and informative YouTube video from DNews.
Like many other diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease is contracted through bug bites. In this case it is the deer tick that transmits this awful bacterial infection.
Deer ticks are a kind of small arachnid, related to spiders, that are common to most of North America. Typically, these nasty bloodsucking parasites latch on to wild animals such as field mice, deer, wild pigs, and other mammals.
Humans can become hosts if we travel into wooded areas or places with tall grass and we brush up against the little buggers laying in wait on the vegetation.The ticks themselves are just nasty, but almost one in five ticks may be host to an even worse parasite called Borrelia burgdorferi. This is the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease.
When an infected tick burrows into human skin to suck our blood, it may transmit the B. Burgdorferi bacteria to its human host.Symptoms of lyme disease include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, and nausea, as well as a distinctive “bullseye” mark on the skin around the tick bite area. While it can be treated with antibiotics, some strains can be pernicious and cause long term problems for a victim, including severe neurological problems. CLICK NEXT BUTTON BELOW TO READ MORE..