CDC reports that Lyme disease is on the rise

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We don't think about it much in Florida as Lyme disease is known for being associated with up north, but now according to the CDC new estimates suggest that 300,000 people are infected with the tick-borne illness every year in the United States making it the most commonly reported tick borne illness in the united states

In Florida the number of cases in one year climbed 140 percent.

Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and may cause more serious life altering conditions with symptoms similar to Fybromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson's disease and MS.

Marilee Arnold, R.N, Director of Emergency Services at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota said, "You may notice fatigue or a red rash in the beginning stages of Lyme Disease, but, when diagnosed early it can be treated with antibiotics."  she suggested being cautious when in heavily wooded areas and checking yourself carefully when going home.

Ticks can be transported on your best friend, depending how close you are to Fido they may end up on you.

Dr. James Kurzydlo D.V.M of Forest Lakes Animal Clinic in Sarasota said snowbirds should pay special attention. "Many times we see it when people are coming down from up North on vacation, there dogs may have been exposed, but when we routinely test for heart worm it includes Lyme disease, which is how we detect it."

People and dogs contract Lyme disease from the deer ticks its usually found in wooded areas, so you wont find it on main street generally.

The good news for dogs says Kurzydlo is there is an approved preventative vaccine, but the vaccine that was used for people was taken off the market.

At this point in time for the two legged variety, prevention and early detection is your best defense.

If you suspect you may have Lyme disease, check with your physician and, there are local support groups that can offer information and point you in the right direction.

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