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NC Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.

 

Governor Declares May As Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Note: this is for locating approximately where you were bitten by the tick, NOT where you were/are living at the time. 

Press Release

FROM: NC Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.

RE: Governor McCrory declares May 2014 “North Carolina Lyme Disease Awareness Month”


DATE: May 9, 2014

The NC Lyme Disease Foundation thanks Governor McCrory for declaring May 2014 North Carolina Lyme Disease Awareness Month in recognition of the serious effect that Lyme Disease can and is having on residents on North Carolina from the coast to the mountains. The Governor’s proclamation makes it clear that Lyme Disease (as well as other tick-borne illnesses) is a significant threat to human health across the North State and urges citizens to take precautions to avoid exposure to these serious illnesses. His proclamation also points out the devastating effect that Lyme Disease can have on the health of individuals and urges physicians to take the threat of Lyme Disease seriously when diagnosing patients who may or may not recall having a tick bite. For a copy of the proclamation, please see this weblink - http://www.governor.state.nc.us/sites/default/files/orders-and-proclamations/20140501/3714%20-%20Lyme%20Disease%20Awareness%20Month.pdf.


According to the State Epidemiologist, Lyme Disease is present in NC and has now been reported from at least 78 of the 100 counties in NC. In addition, Lyme Disease has been acquired multiple times in at least four counties across the state (Alleghany, Wake, Guilford, and Haywood). May, June and July are the months with the highest level of reported Lyme Disease in NC. The State Epidemiologist’s website (http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/lyme.html) contains valuable and useful information on the presence of Lyme Disease (and other tick-borne illnesses) across NC as well as its prevention. Additional information on Lyme Disease, its diagnosis, treatment and other issues can be found on the Foundation’s website at  www.nclyme.net. Measures to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses include using proper repellent, tucking the bottom of your pants legs into your socks, making sure that all your pets have appropriate and current vaccinations, and most importantly doing a thorough tick check of yourself and loved ones after being outside.

Founded in Raleigh in 2002, the NC Lyme Disease Foundation is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization with about 500 members across the state. The organization works to increase community awareness and provide support to those with Lyme Disease. Please contact us at www.nclyme.net with additional questions.

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