By Josie May 30th, 2023
Pennsylvania has the largest population of ticks in the U.S - and consequently the highest rate of Lyme Disease.
They are small and black or brown, with a reddish-brown abdomen.
Ticks are anarchnids.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted through an infected tick’s bite.
The early signs of Lyme disease can often be mistaken for flu-like symptoms, including fever, fatigue, chills, headache, and muscle aches.
If left untreated, the Lyme disease can become chronic causing: - joint pain - fatigue - muscle weakness - cognitive impairment
On average, 100,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in Pennsylvania every year.
However, the number is probably way higher due to underreporting.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and high socks to prevent ticks from latching onto your skin.
Wear light-colored clothing, as it can make spotting ticks easier.