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LYME DISEASE: Why so underreported?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upped national estimates of Lyme disease diagnoses from 30,000 patients a year to 300,000, and Dr. Archelle Georgiou is here to explain the spike.

The tick-borne illness is common in Minnesota, and it's the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. However, given the disease's symptoms, it's commonly misdiagnosed.

SYMPTOMS

-Bulls eye rash (at the bite site or other areas of the body)
-Fever
-Chills
-Fatigue
-Body aches
-After weeks or months, some experience joint pain, neurological issues including Bell's palsy, muscle issues, paralysis of one side of the face

TIPS

-Avoid brush if you are not wearing a repellant that's up to 30 percent DEET.
-If you have a bird feeder, keep it away from the house. Seeds attract rodents, which can carry ticks.
-Keep lawns near wooded areas mowed short
-Keep brush away from your home
-Stay to the center of trails when walking in wooded areas


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http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/23177692/lyme-disease-cdc-ups-national-estimates-tenfold#ixzz2cWRHyzXL

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