Officials from the Logan County Health District issued an advisory this week regarding lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection spread by the blacklegged tick, formerly known as the deer or bear tick.
Blacklegged ticks have not previously been found in Logan County, but have been rapidly spreading westward across Ohio and will soon be here, if not present already.
The blacklegged tick lives in wooded, brushy areas that provide the humidity they need to survive.
Generally, drier conditions mean fewer blacklegged ticks. Some measures that residents can take to reduce the number of ticks around their houses include:
• Keep lawns mowed, brush trimmed and leaf litter away from the house.
• Keep trails or paths in wooded areas on your property clear of vegetation.
Lyme disease affects both humans and dogs. Typical symptoms include a circular reddish rash around or near the tick bite. Over several days to weeks, the rash will expand, measuring several inches across.
Other symptoms include: fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, joint and muscle pain.
The illness can be treated early with antibiotics. Contact your family doctor for evaluation and treatment, as severe complications may appear if left untreated.
Further information is available at loganhealth.org.