Cases of Lyme Disease increasing in New Hampshire and Vermont

During the past 2-3 years, the number of reported cases of Lyme Disease has increased substantially in these states. In New Hampshire, in 2010, 2011 and 2012, there were 55, 1,321 and 1,456 reported cases, respectively. A similar trend is occurring in Vermont. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, there were 26, 623, and 522 reported cases, respectively.

Travellers in areas where Lyme disease occurs can reduce their risk of exposure to this disease by avoiding tick bites, whenever possible, especially when hiking or camping in fields, scrub brush, woods and forests. Checking the skin daily tick checks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection.

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