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Health Tip: Avoiding Lyme Disease

Prevent tick bites

(HealthDay News) -- The pending arrival of warmer weather signals the inevitable return of Lyme disease in many areas.

Whenever possible, avoid places that are likely to be infested with ticks, particularly in spring and summer. Ticks favor a moist, shaded environment, especially areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation.

People who live or work in areas surrounded by tick-infested woods or overgrown brush are at risk of getting Lyme disease. Those who work or play in their yard; participate in activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and hunting; or are employed as landscapers, or in forestry, wildlife and parks management, may also be at significant risk.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if you're likely to be in tick-infested areas, wear light-colored clothing so that ticks can be spotted more easily and removed before they attach themselves. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and tucking pants into socks or boot tops may help keep ticks from reaching your skin. Ticks are usually located close to the ground, so wearing high rubber boots may provide additional protection.

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