Traverse city — two districts of the Northern part of Michigan reported a “significant increase” in cases Lyme Disease in comparison with previous years, approximately halfway through the season tick.
Ten of all cases of tick-borne diseases (six in benzie, Michigan, United States of America and the district) was reported from June 1, 2020, in accordance with the benzie-Michigan, United States of America district health Department press statement.
As a comparison, the 16 total cases were reported in counties in the last 5 years combined.
Christina Ryan-Stoltz from Frankfort was diagnosed with Lyme disease on July 15, 2020. She suspects she got him sitting in the chair hammock.
Two weeks prior to her diagnosis, she had a high fever, joint and muscle pain, lesions and big red bump behind knee.
“I spent a lot of time thinking that it was a spider bite”, she said. “Probably too long”.
After all, she had been diagnosed that is considered an early stage of the disease, when it can be most successfully treated with antibiotics.
“So now I’m on 21st day of treatment,” said Ryan-Stoltz. “I still have considerable pain in my joints and hip and one knee.”
Most people will improve after this procedure, but 10 to 20 percent of patients with Lyme disease was shown to develop what is known as post-Lyme syndrome — lingering symptoms that can include pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances and cognitive functions.
“My doctor said you can have strange things in the future with age, so just know that it may be associated with Lyme,” said Ryan-Stoltz.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sense and is transmitted to humans by the bite of black-legged tick (Ticks Ixodes scapularis).
It causes fever, pain, fatigue, and a characteristic rash, and if left untreated, can spread to the heart and nervous system. Sometimes it causes long-term debilitating illness.
“We want the public to be aware and take precautions,” said Xavier gagné, ecological sanitation for BLDHD.
The reason for the high this year count case is uncertain, said Gagne, but he pointed to the fact that people may be more likely to spend time on the street due to the epidemic of the coronavirus, and is therefore often in a pincer movement.
“We can argue that maybe that’s what’s going on, but we won’t really know until a couple of years down the road, if this factor,” he said.
There are other trends to consider, said gagné, including expansion of the range black and Turkish tick in Michigan.
Black-legged ticks and Lyme disease was moving up the West coast of Michigan and slow internal decades.
“It was rather abrupt invasion with 80-ies,” said Kimberly signs, an epidemiologist with the Department of health and social services of Michigan.
Black and Turkish distribution of ticks and increase the number of Lyme disease cases in Michigan mirror the national trend. There are a number of factors contributing to the spread of ticks, including anthropogenic climate change, said Aaron Ferguson MDHHS.
“[It] not necessarily the main driver of this expansion, but with increasing temperatures, which allows more distribution of ticks and other infectious diseases,” said Ferguson. “He never gets cold enough to kill ticks during the winter time.”
According to gagné, BLDHD only started monitoring the tick populations in the past year, so it is difficult to determine the increase in benzie County Michigan, United States of America in particular.
Land information about 2020 tick season is not yet completed, partly because the season is not over yet, and partly because public health departments are overwhelmed with COVID-19, said marks.
“I don’t think we will be comfortable talking a lot about what is happening in the state this year, while we have the time to look at the data,” said marks.
But, she agrees that it is possible of a pandemic coronavirus drove people on the street, causing more human-tick interactions.
“Maybe we just have a lot of people recreating which may or may not be aware of the fact that Lyme disease is a risk in their area,” said marks.
Signs urged people to protect their families and their Pets, by doing things like wearing insect and did the tick as soon as possible after checking the time in the fresh air.
“Tiki is out there,” she said.