Test your knowledge of Lyme disease
How much do you know about the transmission and occurrence of Lyme disease? Find out with this brief quiz.
- According to the Massachusetts Department
of Public Health Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response and Services, which Massachusetts community had the highest confirmed number of Lyme disease cases in 2009?
- (True or False) If you find a tick on your body, you should cover it with petroleum jelly and wait for it to suffocate and fall off.
- (True or False) You will definitely develop Lyme disease if you have been bitten by a tick.
- (True or False) In 2010, Massachusetts was one of a handful of states in the country reporting the majority of the cases of Lyme disease for that year.
- (True or False) If you have been vaccinated against Lyme disease in the past, you are sufficiently protected.
- (True or False) The ticks that commonly transmit Lyme disease are very large and easily noticed on the clothing or skin.
- (True or False) If you are bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms of Lyme disease (bull’s eye rash, headache and neck stiffness, facial or Bell’s palsy, joint pain and swelling, shooting pains, or heart palpitations and dizziness), you should take two aspirin and wait for it to go away.
- (True or False) Lyme disease is one of several different illnesses caused by tick bites.
- Boston had the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 60 cases of Lyme disease in 2009. Second highest was Nantucket with 40 cases.
- False Use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to remove the tick as soon as possible, then wash the area thoroughly with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
- False Only blacklegged ticks transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
- True Massachusetts and three other New England states were among the 12 states in the country reporting 94 percent of the Lyme disease cases that year.
- False The manufacturer of the Lyme disease vaccine discontinued production of the vaccine in 2002. If you received the Lyme disease vaccine before that time, it is likely you are no longer protected against the disease.
- False The ticks that most often transmit Lyme disease to humans called nymphs. They can can be very tiny (the size of a poppy seed) and difficult to see.
- False If you’ve had a tick bite, live in or have recently traveled to an area where Lyme disease frequently occurs, and show any of the symptoms of Lyme disease, you should visit a Board certified dermatologist or other medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.
- True Tick bites spread many different organisms that can sicken humans. Blacklegged ticks can also cause Anaplasmosis.
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Illustrations from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.