DHHR urges residents to take steps to prevent tick-borne diseases in light of drastic spike in Lyme disease

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health urges residents to take preventive measures against tick-borne diseases. Tick-borne diseases are spread through the bite of an infected tick and many of these diseases can also infect pets.

According to the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services in DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease reported in West Virginia. Preliminary numbers indicate in 2021, there were 1,542 Lyme disease cases across the state with others still being investigated. In comparison, there were 1,062 confirmed Lyme disease cases in 2020. 

From 2015-2020, there were more than 3,939 Lyme disease cases reported across the state, representing a 271% increase. Historically limited to the Eastern Panhandle, Lyme disease has progressively become more common in northern, eastern, and central West Virginia.  In 2017, West Virginia was designated a high incidence Lyme disease state.

Anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have also been reported in West Virginia, with about 1-10 cases of each per year. Tick-borne infections can cause a variety of symptoms including fever, headache, chills, myalgia and rash. Most infections occur from late spring through early fall when ticks are most active.

“Tick exposure can happen any time of the year, but is most common during summer months,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “The most effective way to prevent tick-borne diseases is to use tick repellent when you are in wooded and brushy areas.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the following tips when coming indoors: check your clothing for ticks, examine gear and pets, shower soon after being outdoors, and check your body for ticks.

When seeking medical assistance, it’s important to save any ticks that may have been involved with a bite which may help medical staff identify the tick. Medical treatments are effective in treating tick-borne diseases and can prevent severe complications when given early in the course of infection. 

For more information, visit https://oeps.wv.gov/arboviral/Pages/tbd.aspx


SHOPS & SERVICES

Featured

Fish Hawk Acres invites community to events this October

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs and Farm Dinner Series. Register for

Buckhannon: Then & Now – Scott’s Service Station

Buckhannon: Then and Now. Join us in showcasing Upshur County throughout history and today. Scott’s Service Station was owned by Tennerton’s own Harold Scott. This was a full-service station where drivers would pull in to

Upshur County proclaims Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week

BUCKHANNON –A local group has started a new program called the Upshur County 4-H Teen Ambassadors. Upshur County 4-H Extension Agent Craig Presar attended the Sept. 29 Upshur County Commission meeting to introduce one of the new ambassadors and proclaim […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Fish Hawk Acres invites community to events this October

BUCKHANNON – Mark your calendar: Fish Hawk Acres will offer several exciting events this month. Experience the fun and fine dining of Fish Hawk Acres through their Wine Clubs and Farm Dinner Series. Register for

Breast Cancer Awareness Day to be observed at SYCC on Monday, Oct. 3

BUCKHANNON – In 2022, an estimated 1,470 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 290 women will die from the disease. The Upshur County Commission proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during their Sept. 29 […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

WVWC cross country teams run at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The West Virginia Wesleyan cross country program competed at the Live in Lou Classic on Saturday (October 1) in Louisville, Ky. The men`s team ran an 8K and finished 16th out of

WVWC Volleyball

Volleyball Lady ‘Cats fall to West Virginia State

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball team (5-12, 1-3) was defeated by West Virginia State (17-1, 4-0) on Friday (Sept. 30) night at the Rockefeller Center in Buckhannon, W.Va. WVWC LeadersHope Arce-Reed led

Carpenter’s Crunch Time Column: Bucs look for the upset at UHS

BUCKHANNON – We have a lot of big games this week so let’s get right down to business. Brian Bergstrom gained yet another game on last week posting a 4-1 mark while I went 3-2. This is starting to reach […]

There’s more to this story! Unlock immediate access to everything on our site and get two extra months free when you subscribe for a year. Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES