Southern California was once free of Lyme Disease, but not after a recent discovery, their streak has ended.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health told hikers last week to be on high alert after the discovery of two ticks infected with Lyme Disease. The last time ticks tested positive for the disease in that area was back in 1991.
Here’s some pertinent information you can use from the report:
Typical symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue and a rash resembling a bull’s eye that appears near the site of the bite. [A]n infected tick, after burrowing through the skin, usually must be attached and feeding on its host for at least 12 to 48 hours before it can spread the bacteria.
If you are an avid hiker, or only plan to hit the trail once, it would be very wise to apply bug repellent before you enter the woods. It’s also a good idea to check for ticks when you leave the woods. If you are hiking with a companion, help each other out and give each other a good body scan for any critter that might be attached to your skin.
If you find one, use a pair of tweezers and grab as much of it as you can, or as close to your skin, and don’t twist or jerk. Save the tick to be examined if possible.
For those of you worried about what to do if you contract the disease, don’t stress, because treating the disease with antibiotics in the first stages is normally successful. The important part is to get treated as soon as you can.