May is Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month 
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With your help we can work to educate our community residents and physicians to prevent new cases of Lyme disease and stop infection during the early stages.

This year, Governor Baker has renewed and updated the Proclamation designating the month of May as "Lyme and Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month!" Read the Official Proclamation here.

WHAT IS LYME?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria are transmitted through the bite of a black legged tick, commonly called the deer tick.

Ticks can transmit other bacteria and viruses known as co-infections such as Babesia, Bartonella, Ehrlichia Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) to name just a few.

The bacteria can also be passed through the placenta of a pregnant woman to the fetus - congenital transmission.

Visit Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of MA at S-L-A-M.org for more.
"Together we can make a difference." 

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