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How to spot Lyme disease

(WQOW)- There were over 3,000 cases of Lyme disease reported in Wisconsin last year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Health officials want to remind you what symptoms to look for and what can happen if it goes untreated.

Nikki Stabe, a registered nurse at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls said the first symptom people usually get from Lyme disease is a bulls-eye rash.

Stabe said people can also experience muscle pain, neck stiffness and a fever.

She said it’s important to get checked out if you experience any of these symptoms because if it’s left untreated, your symptoms can get a lot worse.

“Untreated can be really dangerous,” Stabe said. “People can develop arthritis, some people can even have some numbness in their face and some of those things won’t go away even if treated that late.”

Stabe said some people have lasting symptoms from the disease like arthritis.

She said the disease is treated with antibiotics.

Officials said it’s important to always check yourself and your kids for ticks because you can get bit by a tick by just walking near grass.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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