, Newburyport, MA


March 5, 2013

Our view: Taking the Lyme threat seriously


It’s not enough to search yourself for ticks after spending time in the outdoors, as the ticks are so small they can easily be missed. Experts also recommend people wear long-sleeved shirts, tuck their pants into their socks and wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily spotted. Once home, folks should bang their clothes together to shake off any ticks, put their clothing in the laundry and take a shower.

Using a DEET-based repellent is also recommended.

While the threat from Lyme is real and it’s good to see the issue getting more attention from the state, the most effective steps we can take to stay disease free are the ones we take ourselves.

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