RECOGNIZING SEPTEMBER, 2011 AS
“LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH” IN CARY
WHEREAS, Wake County is currently classified by the NC Division of Public Health as “endemic” for Lyme Disease. This designation means that Wake County residents are at a higher risk for contacting Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria carried by infected ticks. Tick exposure is highest while engaging in outdoor activities during the warm summer months.
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 21 confirmed and 75 probable Lyme cases in North Carolina in 2009, which is the most recent year that statistics are available on their website. Their statistics also show a steady increase in Lyme cases in the United States since 1995.
WHEREAS, Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because it imitates other conditions and laboratory tests are sometimes not reliable. Early indicators of infection include an expanding red rash, flu-like symptoms characterized by chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes.
WHEREAS, the best solution to combat the threat of Lyme disease is awareness and education about the seriousness of the illness and the need to practice personal preventative techniques when engaging in outdoor activities, such as frequent tick checks, use of tick repellant and proper tick removal.
NOW, THEREFORE,I, Harold Weinbrecht, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Cary, North Carolina, on behalf of the Cary Town Council, do hereby proclaim September 2011 as “Lyme Disease Awareness Month” in the Town of Cary to draw attention to this growing health problem and the importance of prevention, early detection and treatment.
FURTHERMORE, I encourage Cary residents to become educated about Lyme disease and take appropriate prevention precautions.
PROCLAIMED this 8th day of September, 2011.