Check Your Children to help Prevent Lyme Disease

Worried about Lyme Disease and tick bites? Connecticut Children’s Medical Center(CCMC) provides some information about your child’s risk of getting this disease. 

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is the leading tick-borne disease in the U.S., with 20,000 to 30,000 cases reported each year. Most cases arise in the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific coast. Here is a list of some of the states that are hit the hardest:

1. Connecticut 

2. Delaware

3. Maine 

4. Massachusetts

5. Maryland

To see the complete list, check out the CCMC website below. 

Besides living in these areas, there are other things that may increase your chances of tick bits. Spending a lot of time outdoors in grass, shrubs, and wooded areas increase your risk. If you find a tick you should:

1. Call your doctor

2. Use tweezers to firmly grab the tick at the head to remove it from the skin

3. Swab the bite site with alcohol

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