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Lyme Disease Cases Are Peaking Now

June 18, 2021

Anytime your patients are outside, they are at risk for bumping into a tick.

Ticks are very active at certain times of the year, with the peak months being June and July. Physicians should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of Lyme disease. Patients should consult their physician if they have a rash or any unexplained illness accompanied by fever following a tick bite. 

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks and is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. The pathogen that causes Lyme disease cannot spread to humans until the tick has been attached for at least 24 hours. Remind your patients to check for ticks immediately after being outside. 

The Infectious Diseases Society of America offers Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Lyme Disease web page includes guidance on avoiding tick bites that you can share with your patients. 

ISMS also offers a comprehensive web page on Lyme disease that includes materials intended for sharing with patients, such as instructions on how to remove a tick.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email

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