The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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November 5, 2012

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lyme disease a real lemon

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Education is the key

Janine is passionate about educating people on the risks, prevention and diagnosis of Lyme disease. Within her personal circle of friends, she knows 18 people with LD. One day, the Lord laid it on her heart to start a support group for those who struggle with living with LD. L Bites was born to give encouragement, share knowledge about treatments and lend support to those ailing from the disease.

Their next meeting will be Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11-12 at 222 East Beach St., Jefferson in the Jefferson Health Care (Jefferson Geriatric) Conference Room. Guest speaker, Dr. J. Joseph will be there giving educational facts about the disease followed by a question and answer session. The medical community is encouraged to attend.

All of their meetings are open to the public and there is no charge. Reservations are not required but appreciated. Donations are accepted to cover the costs of guest speakers. You are asked to park in the back parking lot and enter through the dialysis doors.

For more information, you can contact Janine Kirby at 858-2614.

Ticks prevalent

Hunters and outdoors enthusiasts should be aware of a relatively new tick in Ohio, the blacklegged “deer” tick, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Blacklegged ticks were once considered rare in Ohio, but the state now has likely established populations in 26 counties, most east of Interstate 71 where deciduous forests are present. These small, dark ticks are known transmitters of Lyme disease and remain active throughout the year, including the fall and winter when temperatures are above freezing. Learn more about identifying these pests at www.bit.ly/OHticks.

ODH’s website has information and images about tick identification and tick-borne diseases. Visit odh.ohio.gov to learn more. The Center for Disease Control website has further details on Lyme disease nationally at www.cdc.gov/Lyme.

Unlike pets and humans, wild animals such as deer are not affected by the blacklegged tick and suffer no ill effects from Lyme disease. Additionally, Lyme disease cannot be transmitted by the consumption of venison. Hunters should remember that hunting and dressing deer may bring them into close contact with infected ticks. Be aware that composting deer hides may introduce these unwanted ticks in new areas.

Everyone, especially hunters, should be aware of this new threat and take precautions to prevent tick attachment. Outer clothing should be sprayed with a permethrin-based repellent according to label directions before hunting and allowed to thoroughly air dry.

Once dry, the clothing produces no odor. Pants should be tucked into socks or boots and shirts into pants to keep ticks on the outside of clothing. These ticks are difficult to spot on camouflage clothing. All clothing should be carefully inspected for small, dark crawling ticks before entering vehicles and going indoors. Once indoors, thoroughly check for small, attached ticks.

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