Ticks that spread Lyme disease now in half of US counties

The report, published Wednesday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, found that the blacklegged tick and the western backlegged ticks, two vectors of Lyme, have now been reported in nearly half of all U.S. counties.

This is up from 30% in 1998 to 45% of all counties in the US.

I was bit 10 years ago in Redwood Regional Forest and the doctors absolutely insisted Lyme did not exist in the SF Bay area, only on the east coast.

I had the bulls-eye rash, a clear indicator of infection, and had flu-like symptoms but the ‘expert’ doctors insisted that testing wasn’t necessary and antibiotics weren’t necessary.  I listened to them.  They were supposed to know this kind of information.

If I could go back in time for one moment of my life, this would be it.

It would be 10 years before I tested positive and was given the Lyme diagnosis.  By that time, my entire body was infected and now I am fighting for my life.

DO NOT let anyone tell you that Lyme does not exist in your area.  If there are ticks, there is Lyme.

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