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Be on the Lookout for Ticks

The spike of infected ticks in the state has caused state health officials to declare Lyme disease an epidemic. Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded or grassy areas (including backyards), especially in tall grass. Ticks feed on the blood of mammals and can bite you and spread diseases such as Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that are spread to humans through the bite of tiny, infected ticks (in Massachusetts, by deer ticks). Lyme disease can cause serious joint, heart or central nervous system problems if it is not recognized early in the disease process and treated appropriately.

To prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, use tick repellant every time you go outside, and perform a daily tick check. Tick-borne illness is a serious matter, and some of the diseases can have a profound impact on an individual’s health. Read more on ticks and tick bite prevention here.