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Fix.com: Tick dangers and precautions

From the bloggers at Fix.com:

It’s summer, and the outdoors are alive with flowers, trees, grass, and ticks! Last year alone, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness Lyme disease, up from fewer than 12,000 cases in 1995.

The absolute best way to avoid tick-borne illness is to avoid the bite. If you think you might be walking through tall grasses or bushes, or even hiking on trails, wear insect repellent with DEET  or, better yet, long-sleeved, long-pant clothing treated with permethrin, an insecticide widely used as a repellent.

After any outdoor activity, check your body for ticks. Tick checks should be done immediately after activity and then again before bedtime. It’s easiest to remember if you check before taking a shower or bath. Remember to check pets for ticks, too!

To learn what you need to know to avoid tick bites, what to do if bitten, and which tick species to watch out for, which was originally posted by Fix.com, click here.

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