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Beware the Bug's Bite
Robert H. Boyle
June 20, 1988
Lyme disease, an insidious ailment borne by a tiny tick, is reaching epidemic proportions in parts of the country
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June 20, 1988

Beware The Bug's Bite

Lyme disease, an insidious ailment borne by a tiny tick, is reaching epidemic proportions in parts of the country

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•While outside, check your clothes often for ticks. If you find any, remove them. When you come home, inspect yourself thoroughly for ticks, paying special attention to the groin, back, armpits and head.

•If you regularly spend a lot of time in tick country, don't wear your field clothes home. This will reduce the chances of exposing family members to Lyme disease.

•Dogs and cats should wear tick collars year-round.

•If you find a tick embedded on your body, use a fine tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as you can and gently pull it out, making sure that the mouth parts do not remain in the skin.

•If you later suffer a rash or flulike symptoms, see your physician.

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