As we enter into the peak of the vacation season and outdoors activities are at the highest level of the summer, Lyme disease once again becomes an issue.
Reported cases of Lyme have been on a steady rise for many years now and Maryland is one of the states with a high level of growth.
By the way, Lyme disease is name for the town of Lyme, Conn., where the disease was first identified.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease, caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged or deer tick. A lot of people describe the symptoms as flu-like -- fever, headache and fatigue.
Many experts believe that the increase in reported cases of Lyme is directly related to the increasing deer population. As we know, deer are literally everywhere now, and the ticks have invaded suburban areas throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area. In the past few weeks, several of the metro television news stations have reported on the rise in Lyme cases and the steps that can be taken to avoid ticks.