May is "Lyme Prevention Month"

An article by the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, NH Division of Public Health Services, DHHS

Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases are considered reportable diseases in New Hampshire.  The NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control (BIDC) investigates suspect cases of Lyme and other tickborne black legged tickdiseases and closely monitors tickborne disease rates. Lyme disease maps and reports by county can be found on the Department of Health and Human Service webpage,

Lyme and other tickborne diseases are spread to humans and animals by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, formerly known as the deer tick. In NH, and across the United States, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease; in 2015 there were an estimated 1,371 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in NH.

Family CampingBlacklegged ticks have four life stages: eggs, larvae, nymphs and adults. The blacklegged tick nymphs are most active in the late spring through summer months (usually May through August) and are the most likely to infect humans with tickborne diseases.

Tickborne diseases can be serious illnesses and can affect people of any age. The best way to prevent being infected with a tickborne disease is to take precautions to avoid being bitten by a tick, including using insect repellents containing 20-30% DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, doing daily tick checks on you and your pets, staying on cleared paths or trails, wearing light colored clothing, showering soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks, and placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for up to an hour to effectively kill ticks. If you are bitten by a tick, it is important to remove the tick as soon as possible using tweezers or another tick removal device.

For more information on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, click here 

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