May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!
Experts are warning this could be a”bad year” for ticks.
There has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the US during the past few years. Recent studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates 300,000 people per year are diagnosed with the disease.
Also, you may have heard warnings of the Powassan virus in the news. It is a less common virus transmitted by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease. The symptoms range from mild to life-threatening.
Watch this short video on Lyme Disease and follow the links below for more information on both Lyme disease and the Powassan virus.
Origin of Terms
Lyme disease is an eponym named after Lyme Connecticut. It was first recognized in 1975 after researchers investigated why unusually large numbers of children were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in Lyme and two neighboring towns.
Powassan virus is also an eponym. It was first discovered in Powassan Ontario, in 1958, where it was identified in a young boy who eventually died from it.
Click here for more information on Lyme disease.
Click here for more information on the Powassan virus.
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