Stories tagged with: lyme disease

June 9, 2015 - 5:31pm
1 year 11 weeks ago

Ticks are on the rise this season, so be cautious before spending time outdoors.

It is always important to take preventative measures against ticks, as they can carry serious and possibly fatal diseases. Matt Hemmer of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department talked to us about ways to keep you safe this season.

"Ticks are most prevalent in wooded areas and brushy areas with tall grass, so things you can do to protect yourself are to avoid those areas, if possible,...

June 26, 2014 - 4:53pm
2 years 8 weeks ago

Tick season is upon us, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect yourself.

As ticks increase in numbers in our area, so does the risk of tick-borne diseases. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said ticks can cause 11 different diseases in the United States, the most common being Lyme Disease.

"We have seen an increase in Lyme Disease over the past several years, and they think that's due to the tick...

September 10, 2012 - 4:24pm
3 years 49 weeks ago

Officials at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department want you to be on the lookout for symptoms associated with Lyme disease.

Doctor Vicki Whitacre said the most common symptom is a rash that forms from a few days up to a month after a tick bite along with fever headache and swollen lymph nodes.

"What you look for is the start of a rash. It's a red rash," said Whitacre, "it might be a little itchy and it sort of spreads in a convoluting, twisting...

January 18, 2012 - 6:45pm
4 years 31 weeks ago

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you may want to take a closer look at your clothing when you come inside.

Infected black-legged ticks, also called deer ticks, spread Lyme Disease to humans through their bite.  According to the Ohio Department of Health, they've been collected in 52 of Ohio's 88 counties including Muskingum, Perry, Coshocton, Noble, Morgan and Guernsey.  Ohio State University Extension Educator Mark Mechling said a growing deer population could be to...

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