Governor Pat McCrory has designated May as Lyme Disease Awareness month, so WITN talked to the experts to see what they think you should know.
Infectious disease specialists at ECU's Brody School of Medicine say we're in the peak season for Lyme disease transmission. The disease can only be transmitted to a person through a bite from an infected tick.
Dr. MD Motaleb, a Lyme disease researcher at ECU, says it usually takes more than 24 hours for a tick to infect a person.
Symptoms are usually flu-like and include fever, chills, and aches and pains. Many times a distinctive bulls eye shaped skin rash develops as well.
Doctors say it's a very treatable condition if caught early on, but can become a very serious one if left untreated. They recommend wearing inspect repellent and long sleeves and pants when in wooded areas.