Mark Adams, director of Environmental Health with the Canton Health Department, spoke on the dangers of Lyme Disease in Stark County on the Gary Rivers show Monday morning.
While not wanting to alarm residents, Adams gave examples of how Lyme Disease is spread through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. These ticks wait in tall glass blades for humans or other animals to walk by.
Adams noted that the mosquito population in Canton has been kept under control enough that the city hasn’t had to spray in four years.—a testament to the city’s proactive efforts.
Lyme is called “The Great Imitator,” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.
According to the CDC, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans.