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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bite of an infected tick. In California, the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) can spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Lyme disease may start as a mild illness that begins 3 to 30 days after a tick bite and might easily be mistaken for other common illnesses like a cold or flu. Symptoms can include fever, chills, muscle and joint pain, and a red, painless rash that may spread over time. If Lyme disease is not treated, it might develop into more severe health problems.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Ticks live in shaded outdoor areas with grass, shrubs, rocks, logs, and fallen leaves. Ticks are usually hiding in these areas waiting to bite and feed on an animal or person passing by. Follow these steps to help prevent tick bites and Lyme disease:

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent on clothes and uncovered skin to keep ticks off you.
  • While spending time outside in areas where ticks are common and after coming indoors, check your body and clothes for ticks. If you find a tick crawling on you, brush it off. If you find a tick attached to your skin, remove it with tweezers right away.
    • An infected western blacklegged tick must be attached to a person and feed at least 24 hours before it can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
If you are bitten by a tick, it's important to watch for symptoms that may appear up to 30 days after being bitten. If you develop fever, body aches, joint pain, or a painless rash after a tick bite, see a healthcare provider and tell them if you were outdoors in areas with ticks. Lyme disease can be successfully treated, especially if treatment is started early.
Fore more information, please visit the CDPH Lyme Disease webpage and CDPH Tick-Borne Diseases webpage.

Lyme Disease Resources

The following resources can be used for outreach and awareness about Lyme disease, especially during Spring months (when nymphal ticks that are more likely to spread Lyme disease are most active in California), and during Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May.​

Social Media

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Leartn about Lyme signs & symptoms

​Instagram / Facebook Suggested Messaging: 

#LymeDisease spreads through the bite of an infected tick. Symptoms can include rash, fever, chills, and muscle pain, which can begin 3 to 30 days after a tick bite. See a health care provider if you feel sick after spending time in places that may have ticks, like wooded and grassy areas (even if you don't remember being bitten). Learn more about the symptoms of Lyme disease: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease   

#LymeDiseaseAwareness 

Twitter Messaging:

#LymeDisease spreads through the bite of an infected tick. Symptoms include rash, fever, chills, and muscle pain, 3–30 days after a tick bite. See a doctor if you feel sick after spending time in areas with ticks. Learn more: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease 

Learn about Lyme tiny ticks can cause a big problem

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 Nymphal (immature) ticks pose a greater risk of spreading the bacteria that cause #LymeDisease. Most people who get Lyme disease are infected by these tiny ticks, which are more common in the spring and early summer. Learn more about the seasonal risk of exposure to ticks in California: http://bit.ly/Tick-BorneDiseasesCDPH  

Twitter Suggested Messaging:

Most people who get #LymeDisease are infected by tiny, nymphal ticks, which are more common in the spring and early summer. Best way to protect yourself? Use EPA-registered tick repellent: bit.ly/tickrepellentcdph 

Check CDC's map before you travel.
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#LymeDisease is most common in the Northeastern U.S. and Upper Midwest. Many Californians are infected while traveling outside the state. Before you travel, learn about your risk of Lyme disease and areas where ticks live so you can be prepared: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease-Maps 

Time to Prevent Lyme. Use tick repellent.

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Protect yourself from tick bites and #LymeDisease by using bug repellent. Spray repellent (with an active ingredient like DEET) on your legs, ankles, and shoes – ticks usually crawl onto people from grass, rocks or logs. Learn more: bit.ly/TickRepellentCDPH  

Time to Prevent Lyme. Keeps ticks off you.

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The BEST way to prevent #LymeDisease is to keep ticks off you. When spending time outdoors in areas with ticks, check your clothes and body often for any hitch-hiking ticks.  

Find a tick on you? Brush it off. Find a tick attached to your skin? Remove it right away with tweezers. Learn how: https://bit.ly/RemoveTicksCDPH 
Time to Prevent Lyme. Pack and use repellent.

​Instagram / Facebook Suggested Messaging: 

Ticks that spread #LymeDisease are found throughout the U.S. If you’re traveling to the East Coast or Upper Midwest, pack and use bug repellent during your trip. Lyme disease is more common in these regions, but you can protect yourself with repellent: http://bit.ly/tickrepellentcdph 

Twitter Suggested Messaging:

 If you’re traveling to the East Coast or Upper Midwest, pack and use bug repellent during your trip. #LymeDisease is more common in these regions in the U.S., but you can help protect yourself with repellent: http://bit.ly/tickrepellentcdph 

Spanish

Conoce los Signos & Síntomas de Lyme

​Instagram / Facebook Suggested Messaging:

La #EnfermedaddeLyme se propaga a través de la picadura de una garrapata infectada. Los síntomas pueden incluir sarpullido, fiebre, escalofríos y dolor muscular, que pueden comenzar de 3 a 30 días después de la picadura de una garrapata. Consulta a un proveedor de atención médica si te sientes mal después de andar en lugares que pueden tener garrapatas, como bosques o áreas con césped (aún si no recuerdas haber sido picado). Obtén más información sobre los síntomas de la enfermedad de Lyme: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease   

#ConcientizaciónSobreLaEnfermedadDeLyme 

Twitter Messaging:

La #EnfermedaddeLyme se propaga a través de la picadura de una garrapata infectada. Los síntomas incluyen sarpullido, fiebre, escalofríos y dolor muscular, de 3 a 30 días después de la picadura de una garrapata. Consulte a un médico si se siente mal después de pasar tiempo en áreas con garrapatas. Obtén más información: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease 

Las pequeñas garrapatas pueden causar un GRAN problema

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Las garrapatas en desarrollo (inmaduras) presentan un mayor riesgo de propagar la bacteria que causa la #EnfermedaddeLyme. La mayoría de las personas que contraen la enfermedad de Lyme están infectadas por estas garrapatas pequeñitas, que son más comunes en la primavera y principios del verano. Obtén más información sobre el riesgo estacional de exposición a las garrapatas en California: http://bit.ly/Tick-BorneDiseasesCDPH 

Twitter Messaging:

La mayoría de las personas que contraen la #EnfermedaddeLyme están infectadas por garrapatas pequeñitas en desarrollo, que son más comunes en la primavera y principios del verano. ¿La mejor manera de protegerte? Usa repelente de garrapatas registrado por la EPA: bit.ly/TickRepellentCDPH 

Rivisa el mapa de log CDC antes de viajar.
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La #EnfermedaddeLyme es más común en el noreste de los EE. UU. y el medio oeste superior. Muchos californianos se infectan mientras viajan fuera del estado. Antes de viajar, infórmate sobre tu riesgo de contraer la enfermedad de Lyme y las áreas donde viven las garrapatas para que puedes estar preparado: https://bit.ly/CDC-Lyme-Disease-Maps
Usa repelente de garrapatas

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Protégete de las picaduras de garrapatas y de la #EnfermedaddeLyme usando repelente de insectos. Rocíe repelente (con un ingrediente activo como DEET) en las piernas, los tobillos y los zapatos - las garrapatas generalmente se arrastran sobre las personas desde el césped, las piedras o los troncos de árboles. Obtén más información: bit.ly/TickRepellentCDPH  

No dejes que las garrapatas

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La MEJOR manera de prevenir la #EnfermedaddeLyme es mantener las garrapatas alejadas. Cuando estás al aire libre en áreas con garrapatas, revisa tu ropa y tu cuerpo frecuentemente para ver si hay garrapatas. ¿Hay una garrapata sobre ti? Tiralo al piso. ¿Encontraste una garrapata adherida a tu piel? Retíralo de inmediato con unas pinzas. 

Tiempo para prevenir Lyme. Empaca y usa repelente.
Instagram / Facebook Suggested Messaging:
Las garrapatas que propagan la #EnfermedaddeLyme se encuentran en todo EE. UU. Si viajas a la costa este o al medio oeste superior, empaca y usa repelente de insectos durante tu viaje. La enfermedad de Lyme es más común en estas regiones, pero puedes protegerte con repelente: http://bit.ly/tickrepellentcdph 

Twitter Messaging:

Si viajas a la costa este o al medio oeste superior, empaca y usa repelente de insectos durante tu viaje. La #EnfermedaddeLyme es más común en estas regiones de los EE. UU., pero puedes ayudar a protegerte con repelente: http://bit.ly/tickrepellentcdph

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