May is national Lyme Disease Awareness Month. State Sen. Floyd Nicholson has joined with resident Phil Wood, who has Lyme Disease, to help make people aware of the disease. From left are: Kim Wood, Nicholson and Phil Wood.
(Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
May is national Lyme Disease Awareness Month. State Sen. Floyd Nicholson has joined with resident Phil Wood, who has Lyme Disease, to help make people aware of the disease. From left are: Kim Wood, Nicholson and Phil Wood. (Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
With the arrival of spring, many area residents are heading outdoors to enjoy the sunshine.
Adults can be found working in their yards, while young people can be spotted outside playing with friends.
While those activities are to be expected, area activists and leaders are urging residents to be aware of ticks, especially considering the prevalence of Lyme Disease.


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month across the nation. Lyme Disease is caused by bacteria called Borelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), which is carried by black legged ticks. The ticks pick up the bacteria when they bite mice or deer that are infected with the disease. Humans can get the disease if they are bitten by an infected tick.
Wood has suffered with Lyme Disease for more than a decade. In that time, he has been a tireless advocate for Lyme Disease awareness