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    Lyme Disease

    By travel
    May 12, 2010, 11:18:18 AM EDT

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    Unfortunately, Lyme Disease is as easy to get it in the backyard garden as in the woods. About 75% of human cases are caught playing, gardening or doing lawn care at home. Any place there are deer or field mice or chipmunks, there will be some infected ticks looking for a blood meal. And you are that meal. Understanding the tiny deer tick, and current treatment can help protect you and your family from Lyme disease, and the other diseases that ticks carry. TICK FACTS: The deer ticks that carry Lyme disease are especially infectious 6 weeks on either side of the summer solstice (June 21st). Most infections occurs between May and September but disease transmission is not limited to those months.

    The tick waits close to the ground in tall grass, weeds and leaf litter. It attaches to shoes, then climbs up pants leg to skin, often into hairy areas. It's tiny; the size of a poppy seed - a little bigger than the period on this page. But when engorged with blood, it swells to the size of an appleseed. Ticks often imbed themselves in sections of the body where they are difficult to find. SYMPTOMS usually develop 3 days to several weeks after a bite, though sometimes it takes months, even years. About 80% of people get a red rash which expands around the bite.

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