Reduce Your Risk of Lyme Disease

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LYME DISEASE SEASON IS HERE. AS WEATHER GETS NICER AND COUNTIES MOVE FROM RED TO YELLOW TO GREEN IN THE COVID-19 REOPENING BE AWARE THAT’S IT’S ALSO TICK SEASON.

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THEY CAN LIVE IN URBAN AREAS, BACKYARDS, AS WELL AS HEAVILY WOODED AREAS.

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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK:

  1. Cover exposed skin with light clothing

  2. Use insect repellent with 20% or more of Deet.

  3. Do a check of ticks after being outdoors.

SYMPTOMS:

  1. A bullseye rash, but not everyone gets the rash

  2. Fever, chills

  3. Fatigue

  4. Muscle or joint aches

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THE ILLNESS IS SPREAD WHEN BACTERIA IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH A TICK BITE.

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TIME SPENT OUTDOORS INCREASES THE CHANCES OF BEING BITTEN BY A TICK BUT CLEVELAND CLINIC’S DOCTOR ALAN TAEGE (TAY-GEE) RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING.

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CG: Dr. Alan Taege /Cleveland Clinic “You can protect yourself. Use the insect repellent, particularly those with DEET, D-E-E-T, when you go out to work in your yard, camping, hiking, whatever you’re doing, put it on, because it can be very effective.” [:16]

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IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE CAMPING, DOCTOR TAEGE SAYS YOU CAN ALSO USE AN ADDITIONAL CHEMICAL ON CLOTHING, TENTS AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT CALLED PERMETHRIN (PER-METH-ER-IN) TO KEEP TICKS AWAY.

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ACCORDING TO DOCTOR TAEGE, IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO TUCK PANT LEGS INTO SOCKS OR BOOTS. THIS MAKES IT HARDER FOR TICKS TO GET ONTO YOUR SKIN.

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HE ALSO RECOMMENDS WEARING LIGHT-COLORED CLOTHING.  IT WILL BE EASIER TO SPOT AND SWAT A  DARK-COLORED TICK ON A SLEEVE OR PANT LEG.

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HE SAYS THE AVERAGE TICK HAS TO BE ATTACHED FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE IT CAN CAUSE ILLNESS.  REMOVING THEM QUICK IS VITALLY IMPORTANT.

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CG: Dr. Alan Taege /Cleveland Clinic “When you come in from any of those activities where you’ve exposed yourself to ticks you should do a tick check to try to be sure that you haven’t collected any of the little creatures on your body.” [:12]

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[MEDIA:  Pathfire#: 10808 “Preventing Lyme Disease” June 14, 2017 Sound Bites/VO]

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                                           Blog contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

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