The awareness ribbon color for Lyme Disease is Lime Green. The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds Americans to learn about this common tick-borne disease and take steps to protect themselves if they live in or visit areas with Lyme disease activity. World Lyme Disease Day is held on May 11th.
If a tick is removed within 24 hours, the chances of it transmitting Lyme disease or other infections are much less because the risk of contracting Lyme disease and other infections caused by ticks increases between 24 to 72 hours after the tick attaches to the skin.
Currently, there is no prophylactic treatment and no vaccine against the infection. In the future, a new type of gel is supposed to nip the infection in the bud: the patient applies it locally immediately after the tick's bite.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in North America and Europe, and one of the fastest-growing infectious diseases in the United States. Each year, approximately 30,000 new cases are reported to the CDC however, this number is likely underestimated.
The CDC is currently conducting research on evaluation and diagnostics of the disease and preliminary results suggest the number of new cases to be around 300,000. The ratio of Lyme disease infection is 7.9 cases for every 100,000 persons. In the ten states where Lyme disease is most common, the average was 31.6 cases for every 100,000 persons for the year 2005.
|Latest Lyme Disease Publications|
|1 : Lyme Disease Ticks Reported in Nearly 50% of All US Counties : Entomological Society of America.|
|2 : Water on the Knee Can Be Sign of Lyme Disease : American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.|
|3 : Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in London : London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.|
|4 : Risk of Lyme Disease Anytime in Northwest California : DDC.|
|5 : Borrelia Miyamotoi - New Tick Transmitted Disease in North America : Hunterdon Medical Center.|
|6 : Lyme Disease is Not the Only Tick-Borne Disease to Watch Out For : The National Science Foundation (NSF).|
|7 : Surge in Lyme Disease Predicted for Northeastern U.S. : Cary Institute.|
|8 : Chronic Lyme Disease - Diagnosis and Treatment : Elsevier Health Sciences.|
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