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Lyme disease is caused by a microbe that is spread to humans throug a tick bite. It is an acute inflammatory disease characterized by skin changes, headache, flu-like symptoms, fatigue and severe joint pain. Early detection and careful removal of the Lyme-disease carrying tick with tweezers can prevent infection. Infection occurs two or more days after attachment because ticks are very slow feeders.

Deer ticks generally wait for a passing host on plant stems or blades of grass. The ticks favorite habitat is moist, wooded areas, overgrown fields, dense underbrush and around rock walls in areas home to rodents and deer. Each female deer tick can lay over 3000 eggs.

Below are some simple steps to avoid ticks and Lyme disease:

If possible,avoid tick-infested areas. People are at greatest risk from ticks from May-November.

Wear long pants when hiking. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots. Tuck shirts into pants and remember to wear light clothing--it makes it easier to spot ticks.

Tape the area where your pants and socks meet to avoid infiltration by ticks.

Wear a hat and a long-sleeved shirt for added protecion.

Walk in the center of trails to avoid overhanging brush.

If you find a tick that is attached, see your physician.