Lyme Disease – an infection that deer ticks can transmit to people – was first diagnosed back in 1975, It’s first group of cases was found in Old Lyme, Connecticut. A map released by the Minnesota Department of Health shows the hot spots around the country for Lyme Disease. The east coast, where the disease was first detected has the most cases. But Minnesota is a close second – specifically around the Twin Cities Area.
That prevalence is why Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger, recently made a stop here in Minnesota. She sat down with TCL reporter Kelli Hanson to share her story and why she thinks people shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.
Ally was bit by a tick when she was 7-years-old, but wasn’t diagnosed with Lyme Disease until her late teens. It led her to write a book, “Bite Me“, where Ally shares her personal story of almost losing her life to the disease.
Ally has teamed up Heather Hearst, the founder of www.projectlyme.org to spread awareness about the disease, how to detect Lyme and even more important, how to prevent.