There is a lot of beauty on Presque Isle State Park, but there are dangers, too; especially this year, when it comes to Lyme Disease.
Many of us are grateful that the last two winters have been fairly mild, but that comes at a price, in small packages: an increase in the tick population. This increase means a greater chance of Lyme Disease.
“People get [ticks] wherever they go,” says Jared McGary of Presque Isle State Park. “Everybody thinks they’re on the multi-purpose trail and they’re not; there are ticks everywhere.”
The bacterial infection that can come from tick bites can lead to heart and joint problems if untreated and starts as a red rash. Try not to underestimate that big problems can come from small sources. McGary explains, “you’re not going up against a grizzly bear, you’re going up against something that’s very tiny that can cause a lot of problems if left untreated.”