As the temperature rises so does the chance contracting Lyme Disease from ticks.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has named May Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month in Maryland.
Lyme disease is the third most common communicable disease reported in Maryland, with more than 1,650 cases reported in 2012.
It takes about 24 hours for an attached tick to infect someone with the disease. Then it takes between three and 30 days after a bite for a gradually expanding rash to form.
Common symptoms include fever, headache and fatigue, but can progress to pain in joints, the nervous system or the heart.
Basic prevention tips:
- Tuck your shirt into your pants when outdoors to minimize access to skin.
- Use insect repellant.
- Walk in the center of the trail when hiking.
- Wear light-colored clothing to more easily find ticks.