Are you ready for World Lyme Day? Are you even aware that it’s taking place? The sad thing is that there are many people out there that don’t know about this very special day in the calendar. A day to raise awareness of Lyme disease. A debilitating disease that’s transmitted by an infected tick.
When is World Lyme Day?
World Lyme Day takes place on May 1st 2019. The mission – to raise awareness of Lyme disease worldwide.
What’s happening on May 1st?
May 1st marks the beginning of Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to spread awareness to help prevent the spread of disease. What action can you take? Well, anything really that can help get the word around. Whether it’s wearing a bright lime coloured t-shirt or participating in the ‘Take a Bite out of Lyme’ challenge. If you’re participating, why not send your photos from your challenge to our Facebook page?
What can you do for Lyme Disease Awareness Month?
You can continue to spread awareness of Lyme disease in any way you know how. And remember, it’s not just May that we should be doing this, it should be ongoing.
Still not actually sure what Lyme Disease is?
Don’t be afraid to hold your hand up and say that you’re not sure what Lyme disease actually is because there are many people that are still unaware. Here’s an overview:-
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.
What can you do to protect yourself?
There are steps you can take to make sure you are protected from ticks. Wear the right clothing if entering into a habitat that is likely to have a tick population (wear light-colored protective clothing. Tuck pant legs into socks). Use a reputable repellent and make sure you do a thorough tick check on your body immediately after being exposed to ticks. And again, share the knowledge about ticks, because awareness leads to prevention!
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