10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

1. You can only get Lyme disease from a tick bite. There is no evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted from person-to-person, according to the CDC. You also can’t get Lyme disease from your dog, but your furry friend can bring ticks into your home or yard, so check your pet for ticks before letting him in the house.

2. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are the ones you need to avoid. These parasites spread the disease in Northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central Midwest states, while Western blacklegged ticks transmit infection on the Pacific Coast. According to CDC data, in 2014, Lyme disease was most common in 14 states, mainly on the East Coast.

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