Why Lyme Awareness Is So Important
Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in North America.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the incidence of Lyme Disease in Massachusetts is 43% however only a fraction of illnesses are reported. Many Lyme patients are not diagnosed until they begin to have symptoms which are often misdiagnosed as other chronic illnesses.
The Cape and Islands have experienced more cases of Lyme disease than most other areas of the Northeast, and is considered a highly endemic area for this disease. In addition, scientists recently reported that Powassan, a potentially deadly tick-borne virus is making inroads on Cape Cod.
Taking preventive measures to reduce exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease. Patients treated with appropriate treatment in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover completely. However, the longer a Lyme patient goes untreated, the greater the risk for complications and the more difficult the disease becomes to treat.