As part of a comprehensive safety training program, green industry companies should educate employees about the dangers of exposure to tick habitats.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the United States with a 250 percent increase in cases since 1993.
As part of a comprehensive safety training program, green industry companies should educate employees about the dangers of exposure to tick habitats. Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections, which reports indicate are growing at an alarming rate. PLANET is encouraging companies to participate in the Lyme Disease Survey.
PLANET is one of the founding members of the EPA’s Partners in Lyme Disease Prevention network, established as a result of the ever-increasing rate of tick-borne diseases to coordinate efforts in public education and performance measurement.
The founding members — the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme Disease Association (LDA), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), IPM Institute of North America (Regional School IPM Working Groups), the Office of Pesticide Programs (USEPA), and PLANET — will focus their initial efforts on educating the public, particularly children and persons involved in outdoor activities, to avoid tick bites, recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, and receive treatment if contact occurs.
Lyme disease can mimic many diseases, including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics, especially if treatment is begun early in the course of illness. However, a small percentage of patients with Lyme disease have symptoms that can last for months or even years.
Some states have more cases of Lyme disease than others. For more information about geographic incidence or the efficacy of repellents, visit the Lyme Disease Association, Inc.