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Ticks show bacteria that causes Lyme disease

April 19th, 2013 - 6:18am

(Clallam County) -- Samples of ticks in Clallam County showed a couple had the bacteria that could lead to Lyme disease.

That prompted health officials to issue a warning to local health providers to be on the lookout.

But Clallam County health officer Dr. Tom Locke says the results don't mean you should stop going outside.

He tells KONP, it's uncertain of this is the start of an acute outbreak, or just a normal level of the bacteria. He says typically they don't change protocol for tick management until tests show at least 20 percent of the tick population has the bacteria.

Locke says prevention of a tick bite is as easy as wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, and using insect repellent with DEET when you are headed out into a wilderness area.

Lyme disease can affect multiple body systems and produce a range of symptoms. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms. The incubation period from infection to the onset of symptoms is usually one to two weeks.

Lyme disease is not transmitted from person to person, through air, food, water, or from the bites of mosquitoes, flies, fleas, or lice.


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