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(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

LymeBuddies:
An online support group started by two Maine women who struggled with advanced Lyme disease.
http://www.lymebuddies.com/

Jimmy The Greek's Maine Mall 5k for Lyme Disease
All you need to know about the event on April 28, 2013
https://www.baystateevents.com/Search/event.aspx?id=16068

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.
http://www.ilads.org/

Lyme Disease Association, Inc.
A national, all-volunteer, nonprofit organization
http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Primary government resource for information on disease, including Lyme.
http://www.cdc.gov/

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.

http://www.mainelyme.org

Lyme Disease 101:

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

Symptoms:
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.
--fatigue
--headache
--fever
--chills
--muscle or joint pain
--neurological problems such as numbness, pain, facial paralysis
--memory lapses and concentration problems

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

Prevention:
--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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