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Notes from the North Woods

The early stage of Lyme disease features symptoms such as chills and fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck muscles and/or joint pain and swollen glands. If not detected and treated in these early stages these symptoms can worsen and more severe symptoms can manifest themselves. Lyme disease can become a debilitating ailment, and the odds of a full recovery decrease the longer treatment is delayed.

Lyme disease treatments have become more effective, but if undetected or allowed to progress the disease can cause severe and long-lasting effects.

For those who live in Lyme-prone regions, there is now an anti-Lyme disease inoculation, which is surely a wise investment.

Although hunters and hikers are certainly more susceptible to tick attacks, anyone can be bitten while taking out the garbage, mowing the lawn or walking to the mailbox. You can run, but ticks will always find a place to hide.

According to state health officials, the geographic range of Lyme disease has increased in New York State from Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley all the way north to the Canadian border.

In less than a decade, the Essex County Health Department has seen the incidence of Lyme disease increase from single case in 2002, to over forty confirmed cases in 2008.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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