Illinois Health Officials Highlight Prevention Tips During National Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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Springfield, IL – May is recognized as National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is urging residents to take preventative measures against ticks, particularly when visiting state parks.

The agency recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts, using tick repellents with DEET, and performing regular tick checks to reduce the risk of Lyme disease, which is transmitted through tick bites.According to recent data, approximately 34% of tested blacklegged ticks in Illinois are carriers of Lyme disease.

The state health officials emphasize the importance of early detection and treatment, which is significantly less costly compared to addressing chronic Lyme disease. Residents can learn more about Lyme disease prevention and treatment at www.illymeassociation.org.

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