State Warns of Lyme Disease ‘Endemic’

Mobile County is one of seven in Alabama considered an endemic for Lyme Disease.

Dr. Don Williamson, the State Health Officer, sent a letter to healthcare professionals recently warning them to be on the lookout for the disease.

Calhoun, Chambers, Jefferson, Shelby, Russell and Tuscaloosa counties were also declared ‘Endemic’ for Lyme disease.

“ADPH Lyme Diseases case counts have increased dramatically from the previous four years,” Dr. Williamson said in the letter. “It remains unclear how much of the is due to disease transmission, changes in diagnostic testing, or changes in the case definition that determines how cases are counted.”

Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites and is often identified by a spreading rash, fever, headache, and feeling tired.

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