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Lyme Disease in Schoharie County is Increasing

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread by the black-legged deer tick.
For more information see NYSDOH Lyme Disease Fact Sheet
or
Centers for Disease Control

Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Pets

Avoid tick-infested habitat-wooded and grassy areas
When you cannot avoid these areas
  • wear light-colored clothing to be able to spot ticks more clearly
  • wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck your pants into socks
  • wear high rubber boots - ticks are usually located near the ground
  • use insect repellents
  • check for ticks and remove promptly
  • for information on tick removal see:
Be Tick Free
Remember not all ticks carry Lyme Disease.


Use the NYSDOH Tick Identification Service
ixodes tick
Note: This service DOES NOT identify Lyme Disease, only the type of tick

Most healthcare providers do not prescribe antibiotics to treat Lyme Disease UNLESS you have symptoms of Lyme Disease.
If you have a tick bite OBSERVE the area where the tick was removed.
In 60 - 80 percent of cases a reddened area resembling a bull's eye or solid patch develops between 3 - 30 days after the tick bite.
Other early symptoms include fever, joint pain or flu-like symptoms.
If you develop a reddened patch 2 inches in diameter that spreads, you could have Lyme Disease. Contact your healthcare provider.

Remember not all ticks carry Lyme Disease.


The Black-legged Deer Tick
The Black Legged Deer Tick