Cinnaminson, NJ, May 10th
May is recognized as National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It is a time to spread information about what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.
This month is also the beginning of tick season in many parts of the country, making it an excellent time for people living in, or traveling to areas where Lyme disease is common, to take preventive measures. These include knowing where to expect ticks, avoiding contact with ticks, treating clothes and gear with the appropriate EPA-registered insect repellants, and checking pets and one’s body after being outdoors. Occupational exposure to Lyme disease is also a significant concern for millions of workers who spend time outdoors where infected ticks can be found.
“Approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC by state health departments and the District of Columbia each year. However, recent estimates using other testing methods suggest that approximately 476,000 people may get Lyme disease annually in the U.S.,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “In North America, the disease is caused primarily by the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi.
It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. These ticks can attach to any part of the human body.”
EMSL Analytical has developed a Lyme Disease Tick Test Kit that tests actual ticks for Borrelia burgdorferi
. When a tick has been collected, it is sent to EMSL’s laboratory, where it is tested using highly sensitive PCR-based DNA analysis. Suppose a tick was removed from a person or pet, and the results from the laboratory come back positive for Borrelia burgdorferi
; in that case, possible treatment options could then be started by medical professionals or veterinarians.
To learn more about testing ticks for Borrelia burgdorferi,
please visit www.TickTestingLab.com
, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com
. For access to Lyme Disease Tick Test Kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.