World Lyme Day History
World Lyme Day serves to generate awareness about lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. It is estimated that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year, making it more highly diagnosed than HIV/AIDS.
World Lyme Day is observed annually on 1 May in an effort to raise awareness about lyme disease and prevent the growing number of cases worldwide.
World Lyme Day Facts & Quotes
- In the US, the number of Lyme cases reported annually is about 25 times greater today than in 1982.
- Lyme disease had been found on every continent but Antarctica.
- Lyme disease is often called the great imitator; disguising itself as many other health problems such as Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Bells Palsy, ADD, MS and Lupus.
- Lyme disease carrying ticks tend to live in heavily wooded or grassy areas.
In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of Chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease. – Dr. Kenneth Liegner, US Lyme Disease Association Board Member
World Lyme Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Learn about lyme disease prevention if you go into woody or grassy areas. Some tips include:
1) wearing long pants and sleeves
2) using insect repellent or bug spray
3) clearing out tick-prone areas such as brush, wood piles and tall grass.
- Practice removing a tick. You'll need tweezers and some gum or playdoh. Roll up the gum or playdoh into small little cylinders and stick one end down to the table. Practice removing it gently from the base with your tweezers.
- Raise awareness on social media by using the hashtags #worldlymeday, #lyme, #lymedisease and #lymeawareness.
- Take your pet to the vet for a check up. Pets are often very susceptible to lyme disease since the ticks can attach and live in a pet's fur unnoticed for a long time. Vets sells Lyme disease preventative pills for your pet. Do some research and see if they're right for you.
- Watch a documentary about lyme disease to learn more about it. Some of our favorites Under Our Skin, Lyme-Light and Touched By Lyme.