This summer, we have been boating, hiking, to the beach, and on too many picnics to count. And I hate to admit this, but I haven't been very diligent about checking my family for ticks after a long day outdoors. So I found the new report about the increasing rates of Lyme disease alarming. Turns out, the ailment is 10 times more common than anyone thought. While only 30,000 cases are reported each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe there are actually more like 300,000. It's a serious situation, as Lyme disease can cause serious medical problems if not treated. Here is the best way to protect your family from the disease.
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How to prevent it:
You should also be aware of the signs and symptons, just in case you don't notice a tick bite.
Have you ever had a tick bite?
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