The main risk factor for
Lyme disease is exposure to ticks that are infected
with Lyme disease bacteria. In areas where Lyme disease is widespread, such as the northeastern
United States and Canada, several
factors may increase your risk, including:
Spending time outdoors during the warm months of the year when
ticks are most active. This is usually between
May and November, with peak activity in June and July.
Having indoor/outdoor pets. They can bring infected ticks into
the house. Although dogs and cats can become infected with the Lyme disease
bacteria, they cannot pass the illness to humans. But the infected ticks can
drop off the animal and then bite and infect a person.
Having a stone fence or a bird feeder near your house. Stone
fences often become homes for mice, and mice may feed on spilled seed from a
bird feeder. Where there are mice, there are ticks.
Remove ticks right away, as soon as you notice them.
Your risk for getting Lyme disease increases the longer a tick is attached to
your body. Ticks generally cannot transmit Lyme disease until they are attached
for at least 36 hours.
It is possible that the main title of the report Ankylosing Spondylitis is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 21, 2012
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