Lyme: On the Rise

Lyme: On the Rise – Each year, Tuscarawas County has seen a shocking rise of Lyme Disease cases for both humans and dogs. Learn more about how to protect your family from Lyme Disease right here on Newsymom!

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The numbers are in and, boy, are they rising fast! Tuscarawas County is seeing a consistent rise in Lyme Disease cases as the Black-Legged Tick population expands its range. What do ticks have to do with Lyme Disease?

The Culprit for Lyme Transmission: Tick Bites

Infected Black-Legged Ticks are responsible for transmitting the Lyme Disease bacteria (known as Borrelia burgdorferi or in short, B. burgdorferi) when they bite a human (or family furry friend). Normally found in eastern and southern counties in Ohio, the Black-Legged Tick population is expanding its range, becoming more active during the warmer spring and summer months.

If you or someone you know works in the landscaping industry, they’re more prone to encounters with ticks! However, it’s important to keep your lawn cut regularly to deter ticks from hanging out near your home.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease

If you display any of these symptoms three to thirty days after a tick bite, you may have Lyme Disease:

  • Erythema migrans rash (“bull’s eye” rash)
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fatigue

Speak with your healthcare provider to get tested and treated for Lyme Disease. (Call the Tuscarawas County Health Department at (330) 343-5555 x. 100 if you don’t have a provider!)

Learn about one man’s experience with Lyme Disease:

Lyme Disease Stats* – Tuscarawas County

*Provided by the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Annual Disease Report and Companion Animal Parasite Council

Reported Cases in Humans:

2018 = 15 cases

2019 = 51 cases

2020 = 64 cases

2021 = 125 cases


Reported Cases in Dogs:

2018 = 177 cases

2019 = 207 cases

2020 = 293 cases

2021 = 468 cases

Lyme Disease Prevention Starts with Being Tick Smart

Lyme Disease cases are rising… which means prevention is key. Follow these tips to help keep ticks from getting your family sick!

Pro tip: If you take the family out for an excursion through wooded areas, keep a lint roller handy! After your hike, break out the roller and roll your pants, arms, and pets fur to lift off any ticks that might have been picked up!

The Tuscarawas County Health Department wants to keep you and your family healthy so you can enjoy all of your upcoming summer shenanigans! Follow the TCHD on Facebook (@tchdnow) for more safety updates or visit them online at to see what services they can provide for you.

Melissa Klatt


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