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Possible Lyme Disease Case Reported at Water Dog Lake

Two to three percent of the ticks throughout the area carry Lyme disease, although testing indicates that rates are higher for certain trails in the Waterdog Lake Open Space.

Ticks   Patch file photo
Ticks Patch file photo
Earlier this week, the the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District reported to Belmont city officials that a Belmont resident may have contracted Lyme disease from a tick in Water Dog Lake Open Space.

According to Belmont City Manager Greg Scoles's Weekly Update newsletter, city staff is coordinating with the District and signs are posted at the trailheads warning users about ticks along with tick identification cards.

City officials say that it appears that two to three percent of the ticks throughout the area carry Lyme disease, although testing earlier this week by the District indicated that rates are higher for certain trails in Water Dog Lake Open Space.

More information is expected next week from the Vector Control District, and crews will begin small-scale spraying along the trails where they found a high numbers of ticks. Warning signs, like the one above, will be posted at Belmont trailheads. 

The City of Belmont has been informing people and assisting the District with its control efforts. 
scout January 25, 2014 at 09:24 PM
translation: media moguls ready the public mind for a newly marketed vaccine, loaded with mercury and msg and formaldehyde.
Thomas Friedberg January 25, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Gee-they report to look out for ticks, and you get a little paranoid there, eh Scout?
Debbie Kiest January 26, 2014 at 04:34 AM
Lyme Disease is a significant problem, not to be taken lightly. I had the classic bulls-eye rash around the location of the bite and a temperature of over 104. I was so confused I could not remember how to drive myself home from my grocery store. Antibiotics were given right away, but it is not know if there is long-term damage since I didn't catch it early. Check for ticks and remove them right away. The vaccine is another issue altogether, and irrelevant here, take care against tick bites
mark January 26, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Thanks for a rational and mature response Debbie. I live near Ralsont school and my dogs are always coming home with ticks.
Sharin Castro January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Thank you Debbie as you are correct that Lyme is a MUCH bigger problem than people realize and even worse, many doctors in our area have no clue how to properly diagnose and treat Lyme. I didn't have the bull's eye rash and was told I had rheumatoid arthritis. That was nine years ago. I asked for a Lyme test as the symptoms mimic many other diseases including arthritis and the doctors refused. Many doctors are not educated on the symptoms and think it is an East Coast Disease. I finally got one on my own and it was positive. What a nightmare. This warning should be taken very seriously as Lyme, if not treated early, is a very debilitating disease.

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