California Deals With Ticks Carrying the Lyme Disease

California Deals With Ticks Carrying the Lyme Disease

There’s nothing exciting about Lyme disease if you don’t like to experience symptoms such as fever, headaches, fatigue, and others, like most of us. If the infection is left untreated, the disease can spread to the heart, joints, as well as to the nervous system.

Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease when they bite. The tiny parasitic arachnids are spreading across the Californian beaches while taking Lyme disease with them, according to Los Angeles Times.

Dan Salkeld, who is an ecologist from Colorado State University, admits that it’s still pretty much a mystery how our tiny and pesky ‘friends’ feed themselves, breed, and survive.

Dan Salkeld said:

Looking at patterns of human cases across years isn’t straightforward — there may well be yearly variations, and the picture can be complicated by climate change, changes in awareness or surveillance of Lyme disease, et cetera.

He also added:

It’s hard to determine a particular trajectory of human cases.

If someone leaves Lyme disease untreated, it can spread to other areas of the body for a few months or even years after the infection. The disease is capable of further causing arthritis and issues with the nervous system. Colorado tick fever and babesiosis are other illnesses that ticks can transmit.

Oral antibiotics represent the standard treatment for Lyme disease in its early stages. Furthermore, doxycycline will be administered for adults and children that are older than eight years old, while adults, younger children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women can take amoxicillin or cefuroxime.

However, there’s also some good news about Lyme disease. The CDC says that there’s no evidence of person-to-person transmission of the disease. Our pets cannot give us Lyme disease, but they can bring ticks into our household.


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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