Number of the Day: 3,320

April 24, 2012 | Number of The Day

The spring is the season for the spread of Lyme disease, particularly in New Jersey, which — with 3,320 cases — had the highest number of confirmed cases of any state in 2010, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Jersey is ground zero when it comes to Lyme disease, which is a common affliction throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Lyme disease is spread through the bite of infected deer ticks. Children between the age of five and 14, as well as pets, are most susceptible.

Left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and nervous system, causing fatigue, pain, headaches, palsy, arthritis, and memory loss. However, early treatment with antibiotics provides complete recovery. A bull’s eye rash, headaches, fever, chills, or fatigue are the most common symptom of the disease.