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Local warning of increased Lyme disease risk

Posted: 8:57 PM, May 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-26 17:18:10Z

Local health officials are warning against the risk of contracting Lyme disease this summer. The deer tick that transmits the disease has spread throughout the Northeast, including here in Western New York.

Daniel Stapleton, Public Director of Health for Niagara County, says the best way to protect yourself is to prevent ticks from biting. "When in wooded and grassy areas, wear clothing that covers skin and is light-colored to see ticks better." Stapleton also recommends the use of repellents.

Typical signs and symptoms of Lyme disease include a circular "bullseye" skin rash, headache, fever and fatigue. Lyme disease is easily treated in the early stages. If it's left untreated it can result in serious complications.

To learn more information about ticks at Lyme disease you are encouraged to visit  http://www.cdc.gov/lyme