Tips To Avoid Lyme Disease

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When you're outdoors this summer you'll need to be on the lookout for disease-carrying ticks.

With an outbreak of Lyme disease in the north country and more than 450 cases in New York state during the first week of June, officials at Jefferson County Public Health are urging people to take precautions. 

People are encouraged to mow their lawn frequently, check for ticks as soon as they come indoors and remove ticks within 48 hours.

"If you get them off within 36 to 48 hours, your risk level is extremely reduced," said Jeff Leiendecker of Public Health.

Hunters and children who play outside are most susceptible to getting ticks.

People who garden and move wood should also be cautious.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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