McLaughlin Urges Lyme Disease Awareness, Files HB 2421 to provide Warnings of Lyme’s in State-managed Parks

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. Ticks are arachnids and can be as small as the size of a poppy seed.

I field House Bill 2421 to have the Department of Natural Resources obtain, install, and maintain signs at all State-managed parks and outdoor recreation areas and facilities as necessary to display the results of the IDPH’s tick surveillance and pathogen testing. These would serve as a warning to individuals that ticks may be found in the area and cause Lyme disease or other tick-borne diseases.

Note that short courses of antibiotics do not work for many. Seven to 14 days of antibiotics can result in a 40% relapse rate. Lyme spirochetes’ life cycle is approximately 28 days. It’s recommended to have no less than six weeks of antibiotics for acute infection after contracting Lyme’s.

According to the Illinois Lyme Association, the rate of Lyme disease has doubled in the last decade. Learn more about Lyme disease symptoms, facts, and prevention tips at