Lyme Disease Rising Locally

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The number of Lyme Disease cases are spiking in Belmont County.

A nurse we spoke to says she has dealt with six cases in the last five weeks. The tell-tale sign of the disease is a bulls-eye rash.

The disease is spread by deer ticks, and can cause some serious symptoms such as joint pain, and face paralysis. But in most cases there is nothing that extreme.

“It is only spread by ticks. It is not spread by person-to-person. You can also have a fever, you can be very fatigued, muscle pain, you generally don’t feel well at all,” registered nurse Lynn Schrum told WTRF.

There is a two-part test to diagnose the disease.

The first part, they test for the antibodies of the disease. The second part is called the Western Blot Test.

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