Avoiding Lyme Disease
Avoiding Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is an unfortunate hazard of outdoor recreation. People tend to spend more time walking in grassy, marshy, wooded areas in the spring, summer and fall months. This increases the chances of being bitten by a tick and possibly developing Lyme disease.

What Bergen County Residents Should Know About Lyme Disease

  • 1. Lyme disease is transferred to humans by bites from deer ticks, but other animals besides deer carry them, including birds and small rodents. The Board of Health recommends not placing bird feeders near your house because the animals they attract may carry deer ticks.
  • 2. When outside, walk on clear or paved surfaces. Wear long sleeves and pants when possible with light-colored fabric to make it easier to spot ticks. Also use insect repellents with DEET or permethrin.
  • 3. Use flea collars on your pets and brush them after they have been outside.
  • 4. If a tick bites you, remove it with tweezers by griping it as close to the skin as possible.
  • 5. Early symptoms of Lyme disease include a week or two of flu-like illness and sometimes a rash. If left untreated, further complications can occur, including heart, joint and nervous system problems.

If you think you may have Lyme disease, see a doctor right away. Treatment is most effective if it is started seven to 10 days after the infection.