Pennsylvania Makes List of Top States for Lyme Disease

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A tick being tested for disease.
In a report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top four states with confirmed Lyme Disease cases in 2015 were Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.
Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Vermont, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wisconsin were also included on a longer list of the top 15.
This is a close-up of an adult female and nymph tick. It is important to know what ticks look like and how small they can be in order to be on the lookout.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains one way to safely remove a tick if found. Use tweezers to "grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull upward and steady." It's important to not twist or "jerk" the tick. After removing it, clean the area "and your hands with rubbing alcohol ... or soap and water. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container...or flushing it down the toilet."
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Signs of Lyme Disease, due to ticks, can be Erythema migrans (EM) rash, joint pain or swelling, headaches, facial palsy, nerve pain, and dizziness episodes. Signs occur 3 to 30 days after the bite.
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