(NEWS CENTER) -Below is a list of resourcesfor Lyme Disease in Maine along with cause, symptons, treatments, preventionand also how to properly remove a tick.

Lyme Library of Links

An online support group started by two Maine women who struggled with advanced Lyme disease.

Jimmy The Greek's Maine Mall 5k for Lyme Disease
All you need to know about the event on April 28, 2013

International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
A nonprofit, international, multi-disciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases.

Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
A national, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Primary government resource for information on disease, including Lyme.

Maine Lyme

Anon-profit organization whose mission is to decrease the prevalence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the State of Maine through awareness, prevention, education and advocacy.

Lyme Disease 101:

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and is spread to humans by the bite of an infected deer tick

Lyme disease has a wide range of symptoms that vary from case to case. They can incude:
--a red rash that spreads outward, sometimes with a clear center or "bullseye" appearance.
--muscle or joint pain
--neurological problems such as numbness, pain, facial paralysis
--memory lapses and concentration problems

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. It is easiest to treat in its early stages.

--Clear brush and long grass from your yard
--wear protective clothing
--Use insect repellent on clothing and skin
--Do regular tick checks on your entire body

Proper Removal of Ticks:
--With fine point tweezers, grab tick as close to head or mouth as possible, right up next to your skin
--Using firm, steady pressure, pull the tick straight out
--Do not twist or squeeze the tick as this could cause it to release more pathogens into your bloodstream
--Do not use petroleum jelly, hot matches, nail polish remover or any other substance to remove the tick. This could actually increase your risk for infection

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