(HealthNewsDigest.com) - 40,000 cases of Lyme disease are already documented in the US alone every year and health experts are now concerned about yet another tick-borne disease. Researchers have discovered another disease caused by the same tick that spreads Lyme disease - the deer tick. The as-yet unnamed disease is said to be caused by the Borrelia miyamotoi pathogen carried by blacklegged ticks.
Symptoms of new tick-borne illness: - Fever - Fatigue - Headache - Muscle aches
The good news is that this illness is treatable with antibiotics.
Here are some helpful tick-prevention strategies to keep you, your family and pet protected this summer:
1.) YOUR YARD: Ticks are not out in the middle of your lawn, they live where yards border wooded areas, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. Place a layer of wood chips between your grass yard and the woods edge. Ticks are attracted to the wood chips because of the shade and moisture it provides.
2.) TICK CHECKS: Do periodic tick checks (on yourself, children and pets) and carefully remove any found. (Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find.)
3.) OUTDOOR PURSUITS: When on a hike, bike, or walk try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure. Remember - ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs - areas where ticks love to live.
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