Lyme Disease

 

Windham County has the second highest prevalence of Lyme Disease in Vermont.  Lyme Disease is caused by a prolonged bite from an infected deer tick (also called black-legged tick).  Ticks are prevalent in wooded areas, and areas with tall grass, and can also crawl from pets to humans. 

If you find a tick on yourself or your child, remove the tick, keep it for identification, and watch for fever, head or neck pain, flu-like symptoms, or a round red rash.  If your child's classroom has a field trip in an area where they are likely to come in contact with ticks, a special permission slip will be sent home.  You can help by dressing your child in long pants, long shirts, shoes and socks.  

Go to healthvermont.gov for more information, or stop in and talk with Nurse Julia.

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