Lyme Disease, the Facts

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Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the United States. In 2010, more than 22,500 confirmed and 7,500 probable cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is passed to humans by the bite of black-legged ticks (also known as deer ticks in the eastern United States) and western black-legged ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The Lyme disease bacterium normally lives in mice, squirrels, and other small mammals. Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions about all tick-borne diseases.

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3 Responses to Lyme Disease, the Facts

  1. We have ticks here! And backcountry brush. Always got to check for them after a hike.

  2. shadowlilies says:

    I hate ticks and chiggers!!! Do you have chiggers in Arizona? Every year I get bit by seed ticks and it turns into a welt that itches like crazy for weeks. I have found one thing that helps though, and that is Young Living Thieves oil. Both chigger and tick bites heal much faster when you apply this. And I want you to know that I have tried everything!
    My husband last year sprinkled DE all around our house and garden and that seemed to keep them down. Last year I only had 1 tick. I do apply an herbal repellant before I go out and always shower after working outside. My mother got Lyme disease from a different kind of tick in Sweden years ago. After she returned from her trip and was diagnosed they put her on lot of antibiotics. The Lyme disease actually affected her heart valves. She seems to be OK now, though, and she is 93.
    Great articles…not looking forward to that part of spring time…

    • tbnranch says:

      No chiggers but I do know what they because I lived in Wisconsin… where ticks are also a problem. We do have ticks here, but it’s not a big problem here in the valley, too dry I guess. In the high country ticks are common.

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