Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lyme disease

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Maine CDC held a poster contest for children in grades K-8 in Maine as well as an audio public service announcement contest for high school and college students with the theme “Know Ticks, No Lyme.” Winning entries are posted on our website

Congratulations to K-8 Poster Contest Winners: Caroline Dishop, Sophie O’Clair, Chantel Gayton, and Cassidy Osgood; and Audio Contest Winners: Aidan Shadis, Liam Dworkin, Luke Huntington, and Michael LaCrosse.

Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease in Maine. Ticks are out and we expect the number of Lyme disease cases to increase as the weather continues to get warmer.

Maine CDC issued an advisory on May 1 to provide general information regarding ticks and Lyme disease; remind providers to report cases of Lyme disease, including those diagnosed by erythema migrans; provide resources on diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease; and remind providers that Anaplasma, Babesia and other tickborne disease are also increasing in Maine.

For general information about Lyme disease, visit

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