Thursday, September 17, 2009

Summer 2009 : Top human illnesses

The summer is a time for fun and relaxation. Swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities are in full swing. However, it is also a time to contract some very serious illnesses. Rashes, influenza and others that are much more serious.

Lyme disease
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
West Nile

and...... even Swine Flu

Let's take a moment to discuss Lyme disease.

Lyme disease, also known as borreliosis, is classified as a zoonosis.
Three species of bacteria are responsible for the disease. The disease is named
after the town of Lyme. Connecticut where a number of cases surfaced in 1975.
It is the most common tick borne disease. Infected hard-bodied ticks bite humans after hosting on a natural reserve of rodents. Early symptoms include:

The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

A circular skin rash, called erythema migrans, appears in a characteristic
bullesye pattern. If left untreated, lyme disease can affect the joints, heart and cenral nervous system. Arthritis usually persists after the disease is successfully treated.
If you suspect that you have been bitten, and have a circular bulleye rash, do not delay treatment. This is a serious disease. Be knowledgable and take action.

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