Battle Against Lyme Disease Underway
Officials are alerting people about the dangers of Lyme disease, with tick season in full swing
Public Health Director for Ontario County, Mary Beer says if you see a bullseye rash at the site of a tick bite, you'll definitely want to get a hold of your doctor.
She says people do need to take precautions.
"When they're out and about, hiking or in tall grasses, when they're done and come in they really need to be checking themselves for these ticks, and check their pets too, it's very important."
Beer says ticks can migrate from pets to humans.
In addition to the rash, if someone develops flu-like symptoms about a week after exposure, they should contact their doctor.
Beer notes that while not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, it can be very serious if it isn't treated promptly.
She says there were 18 confirmed cases in the disease last year.
In 2005, there were just two.
She says there's more information about Lyme disease at the Ontario County Health Department web site.