The good news is the Borrelia mayonii bacterium is rare at this point and the ticks that carry Borrelia mayonii bacteria are few and far between.
Entomologists collected and tested 600 ticks found in Wisconsin and discovered that only 3 percent tested positive for the new species of Borrelia mayonii bacteria. While any percentage of ticks having this number seems large, it is not as significant as the tests that came back from ticks carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, which ranged from 30 to 40 percent of black-legged ticks tested.
Over 300,000 people living in the United States, test positive for lyne disease each year, with most of the cases coming from residents living in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Hikers are especially volunerable for this disease becaue they spend time in woods and along nature trails.
With the warm summer months approaching and people anxiously waiting to go outdoors for work or play, this new threat lurking in nature is something to be aware of so you can protect yourself, family and pets. It is important for everyone to take precautions to reduce their risk of Lyme disease and if you find a tick has attached itself, remove it immediately and place it in a plastic bag just in case symptoms begin to appear.
The CDC suggests that you stay out of woody or bushy areas where there is tall grass. When wandering on paths or trails, walk down the middle of them and keep away from the grassy areas. Apply insect repellents with DEET or permethrin on exposed skin or clothes when you go outside and they advise people to wear protective clothing when in these areas. When you come in from being outdoors, check for ticks on yourself, kids and pets and take a shower if possible to wash away any ticks that are not attached.
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