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Tick Transmitted Diseases

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans and animals from bites of infected deer ticks. The deer tick first must be infected with the bacteria and remain attached for at least 24 to 48 hours to transmit the bacteria.  Not all deer ticks are infected with the bacteria.
The signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease vary from one person to another and not everyone will get all the symptoms.  At first, the symptoms be similar to the flu. 
After 3 to 30 days look for:Days to weeks look for:Weeks to months look for:
A distinctive rash
Multiple rashesArthritis in one or more joints
ChillsFacial paralysis on one sideProblems with nervous system
FeverFever Persistent weakness in arms & legs
Muscle and joint painStiff neck 
Weakness, numbness
in arms & legs

Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of symptoms determines the length and severity of the disease.  If you suspect that you may have Lyme’s Disease, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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