Lyme Disease Endemic Spreading in West Virginia


Four West Virginia counties have been added to the list of counties declared endemic for Lyme disease. Two of the counties added Friday are right here in our area.

Marshall & Wetzel counties were added to the list of 11. Kanawha and Roane counties also made the list.

A county is considered endemic for Lyme disease if it has at least two confirmed cases in patients who had not traveled recently and could only have been bitten by a tick within that county.

Marshall County board of health met Friday morning where they addressed the issue.

“When you’re out in the wooded areas or grassy areas, be sure to tuck your pant legs into your socks. When you’re back in the house you need to check thoroughly for ticks, especially in the hair, behind your ears, around tight areas of clothing. Also, check your pets. Dogs and cats can catch lyme disease as well as humans,” said Rhonda Francis of the Marshall County Health Department.

If you find a tick you need to remove it and be careful when you do, you don’t pull it’s head off. Pull straight up. If you notice any symptoms like fever, body aches or rash, you need to see a doctor.

There have been 149 cases of Lyme disease in West Virginia this year– nearly double than this time last year.

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