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Ohio has seen a noticeable increase in reported cases of Lyme disease

Ohio has seen a noticeable increase in reported cases of Lyme disease

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Dr. Katheryne Ruck of Mercy Health

WARREN COUNTY, OH –Mercy Health—Cincinnati sheds light on Lyme disease, caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and spread by tick bites, and historically has been more common in the Mid-Atlantic states, New England and the upper Midwest. Ohio, however, has seen a marked increase in reported cases.

Dr. Katheryne Ruck of Mercy Health—Cincinnati shared, “At Mercy Health, our commitment is to providing care to all individuals affected by conditions that significantly impact their well-being.”

Deer ticks, the main vectors of Lyme disease, are most active in the summer, particularly in June and July, and the number of diagnoses increases during this time.

“It is important to recognize the early symptoms of Lyme disease. If left untreated, this condition can lead to serious neurological, cardiac, and arthritic complications. Symptoms following a tick bite include a red rash, fever, fatigue, and muscle and joint pain. Seeking medical attention promptly is essential as it helps us provide more effective treatments,” Dr. Ruck emphasized.

Mercy Health—Cincinnati recommends preventive measures to combat Lyme disease, including using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and performing thorough tick checks after outdoor activities. Removing ticks within the first 36 hours significantly reduces the risk of contracting the disease.

Mercy Health—Cincinnati urges the community to take proactive steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from Lyme disease by following these preventive guidelines. For more information or to seek medical assistance, visit mercy.com.

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