HOWELL, MI – There have been no officially confirmed cases of Lyme disease originating in Livingston County, according to the District Health Department.
But one suspected case involving a two-year-old child is the county on the map as a known risk for the disease transmitted by black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks.
"Livingston County is now officially in the red zone," Dr. Donald Lawrenchuk, medical director for the Livingston County Health Department, refers to the borreliosis risk card of the state.
He said Livingston was added to the red zone because a deer tick was found on the head of a 2-year-old child last year and the tick tested positive for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
He said that in a park in the Howell area, the child had come into contact with the infected tick and that the child had symptoms consistent with Lyme disease, including the typical rash.
A pediatrician tre The child was admitted to the disease, provided it was Lyme, although the child was never officially tested, only the tick, so it was not officially counted as a human case, Lawrenchuk said.
The pediatrician did not want to put The kid go through more testing, he said.
This indicates that the Livingston County Health Department is fully convinced that Lyme disease is now present in the county.
"When deer cross in your county, it's only a matter of time before you have human cases," said Lawrenchuk.
And for every case that is known, Lawrenchuk said it is possible there are 1
Lyme disease risk of ticks rising in several Michigan counties  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread by the bite of an infected tick. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, sore muscles or joints and rashes at the site of the tick that may look like a porthole or target.
Untreated infections can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. Most cases of Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a tick is less than 24 hours on your skin, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely low. 19659002] Lawrenchuk said that anyone visiting a park in Livingston County should be aware of the risks, taking the necessary precautions, and watching for ticks. The Health Authority offers the following tips:
- Avoid zones that are contaminated with ticks, damp, bushy, wooded or overgrown with low vegetation.
- Wear bright clothing that covers arms and legs so that ticks can be more easily seen and removed. Put trouser legs in socks or boots.
- Apply insect repellent with DEET to garments and exposed skin or permethrin on clothing, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- If you work or play in wooded or grassy areas, regularly check your body and clothing ticks
- If a tick is found, remove it by holding the body close to the skin with tweezers and straightening pull out. Clean the area with soap and water.
- After removal, keep in a sealed container with a damp paper towel and contact the Health Department for assistance in identifying the tick.
The Livingston County Health Department Office Phone Number is 5175-546-9850
Washtenaw and Ingham counties were admitted to the Red Zone of the Lyme Disease Risk Zone in 2016.
In 2016, there were 17 cases of Lyme disease in Washtenaw County, four of which were probably exposed in the province. According to the district health department, there were another 10 confirmed cases of Lyme disease among residents of the Washtenaw district in 2017 of which two were probably exposed in the county.
More information on Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases
The state also has a program to identify ticks, and if it's a black-legged tick, test for Lyme disease. Information can be found on the state website.
See pictures and read key facts about the five most common ticks in Michigan, including the black-legged ticks.