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Medical professionals warn people to be careful during flea and tick season for good reason, and it goes beyond concern for your pets. Ticks carry a form of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria that can give humans Lyme disease. Black-legged deer ticks carry the disease; these insects are found everywhere in the United States. Unfortunately, the symptoms of Lyme disease look a lot like those of other common conditions. In many cases, the disease does considerable damage before diagnosis because people mistake it for the flu or a cold and do not seek medical attention.

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The geographic reach of black-legged deer ticks is growing, causing a heightened sense of concern among health officials all over the country. Lyme disease can slowly work its way through your system almost unnoticed, over the course of months or even years. At the beginning of each summer, health practitioners warn people to be alert to symptoms that develop after exposure to the ticks. Every person has a different reaction to Lyme disease. In common cases, the disease goes through three stages and treatment is different at each stage. The longer a person waits to treat Lyme disease, the more dangerous and difficult to treat it becomes.

Common Symptoms

  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Headaches
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