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Preventing Lyme Disease - August 29

Free Educational Program
Thursday, August 29
5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
Aman Dalal, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist

Call 240-964-8424 to Register
4 Risk Factors for Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria found in some deer ticks. An infected tick passes Lyme disease to humans through its bite.  Here are 4 risk factors that are associated with Lyme disease:

1. Living in the northeastern, northwestern, mid-Atlantic, or upper north-central regions of the United States and northwestern California

2. Participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and gardening in areas or seasons with deer ticks

3. Living near or going to wooded, grassy areas

4. Working outdoors such as surveying, landscaping, forestry, gardening, and utility company service work.
Most Lyme disease is curable with antibiotics, particularly when the infection is diagnosed and treated early.  If left untreated, however, more serious symptoms, such as painful inflammation of the joints, trouble with concentration or memory, or shooting pain, numbness or tingling.  

 If you are at risk for Lyme disease, follow these simple steps:
1. Wear repellent
2. Check for ticks daily
3. Shower shortly after being outdoors
4. Call your doctor if you develop a rash or fever

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