Recent trend: Lyme disease cases on the rise in CNY
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - It's more important than ever to check for ticks this season. Lyme disease cases are on the rise in Central New York.
According to the most recent data from New York State Department of Health, every county in Central New York has seen more Lyme cases nearly every year since at least 2005. In 2011, Tompkins County had 145 cases, the most in the area, and Onondaga County had 86 that same year. Just 8 years ago, no county in Central New York had more than 10 reported cases in one year. The graph and table attached to this story show the rise in the prevalence of the disease over time. Local doctors expect this trend to continue. "Lyme disease is real and it's out there," said Dr. Mitchell Brodey, the chief of internal medicine at Upstate University Hospital Community Campus. "We see a lot of it and we're probably going to see a lot more of it." Ticks that can carry Lyme disease are tiny: adults only grow to be the size of a sesame seed. It can take 24-36 hours for a trick to transmit the disease, so it's important to check for them daily. The Center for Disease Control recently released new Lyme disease resources to help people protect themselves from the disease. This comic strip for kids reminds them to do "tick checks" even when away from parents at camp. The CDC also released this new reference guide for health care providers on tick-borne diseases. Doctors say taking simple precautions can go a long way. "People should walk around if they can and use insect repellent that's going to help repel the ticks and just be aware. If you get a rash don't ignore it," said Dr. Brodey.
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