Schumer to Take Leave of Absence

By Lindsey Nesselbush

July 22, 2010 Updated May 25, 2007 at 9:30 AM EST

Senator Chuck Schumer is receiving treatment to prevent lyme disease after being bitten by a tick during a recent tour of dams in upstate New York.

Schumer apparently was bitten during a May 7th dam tour in the Hudson Valley.

He later found a tick, and spotted a telltale "bulls-eye" mark on his leg that is an early sign of infection.

Schumer is now undergoing a 21-day treatment with antibiotics.
He said he hasn't noticed any symptoms.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick.

Symptoms include joint pain, fever, limping and loss of appetite.

Even after treatment, symptoms can recur.

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