CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ticks are becoming more plentiful in Ohio, and cases of Lyme Disease are spiking. Lyme Disease was originally a concern in the Northeastern United States. The number of cases in Ohio, though, is six times what it was in 2008, going from 45 to 270, according to the Ohio Department of Health. About three-quarters of Ohio’s 88 counties have reported blacklegged ticks, the type of tick that carries Lyme disease. (Not all ticks carry the disease, though.) As soon as you spot a tick, remove it. Ticks can generally transmit disease after 24 hours. Lyme Disease causes muscle stiffness, extreme fatigue and joint pain. It can be difficult to diagnose and cause lasting health problems if left untreated. Ohio Department of Health It’s not just in Ohio. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diseases from flea, ticks and mosquitoes across the country tripled in the past 13 years. In 2016, the number jumped from about 55,000 to more than 96,000. The study puts Ohio in the middle 20 percent of states in terms of disease cases from ticks. Since 2004, 1,358 cases of Lyme Disease in Ohio were reported to the… Read full this story
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