What's Going Around 6-15

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, we're starting to see a disease the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned us about weeks ago. Lyme disease.

Officials at Augusta Health Lexington say they've noticed a fair number of people who have had tick bites, and are very nervous about contracting Lyme disease.

Augusta Health officials in Fishersville are in fact seeing the disease.
Carolyn Palmer says these patients are rarely admitted to the hospital. However, she says the problem is these patients can feel bad for several months. That leaves them thinking they haven't been adequately treated or are doing poorly when it is just the natural course of this disease.

Symptoms of lyme disease include a red expanding rash, fatigue, chills and a fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes

Directof of the Central Shenandoah Health Director Doctor Doug Larson, says prevention is key. "If you are going to be out in the woods, or out in the brush, and you've got boots, tuck your pant leg into the boot. These critters have to get into your skin. If all they can find is your clothing, they will probably drop off an try to find somebody else."

If you do find a tick on your skin remove it promptly and contact your doctor if you have any further concerns.


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