Tick populations are growing rapidly and so is the number of people contracting Lyme disease from them CDC warns.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is warning people about increased chances of contracting Lyme disease as tick populations begin to soar.
The current heat, larger than normal deer populations, and super dry conditions the country is facing are all contributing to building the perfect habitat for ticks.
Lyme disease defines illnesses transferred from biting or blood sucking insects. It often times leaves a "bull's eye" ring and is accompanied by pain, fever, inflammation, fatigue, headaches, and achy muscles. If left unchecked it can lead to loss of motor skills, paralysis, muscle spasms, and heart problems.
Ticks are not born carrying Lyme disease, but pick it up from feeding on an already-infected host. Research indicates that mice and whitetail deer are responsible for transferring most of the disease over to ticks.
An estimated 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year, but that number is now rising higher. The amount of cases has nearly doubled in the last two decades in over 260 counties.
According to the CDC 95% of confirmed cases in 2013 were from only 14 states in the northeast, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Now the disease has begun to spread to places that have never seen it before and reaching pandemic levels in some counties.
To help protect yourself from ticks and the possibility of contracting Lyme disease follow these simple steps:
1) Wear tighter fitting long sleeved shirts and pants when going into areas with high grass.
2) Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks.
3) Spray yourself down with repellents that contain at least 30% DEET.
4) While outdoors stick to well beaten down trails and stay in their center.
5) After returning home immediately check your body over for ticks and remove them.