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Steps to Prevent Lyme Disease

Summer months create high risk

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Stamford, CT | Added on August 12, 2013 At 03:04 PM

With the summer weather, people should be on the look out for ticks that can cause Lyme Disease.

"All of spring and summer is really tick season," said Peter Wild, the executive director of the Lyme Research Alliance.  

Lyme is an infection spread by a bite from a tick, infected with the disease.  Peter Wild is the executive director for the Lyme Research Alliance -- a Stamford nonprofit dedicated to medical research.

"We raise money to find a reliable diagnostic test and a cure for long-term Lyme Disease and that's what we're here for," said Wild.  

The alliance reports 2012 was one of the worst tick years on record.  The Centers for Disease control says Lyme is the most common and fastest growing disease, but Wild says the good news is --

"Tick bites and Lyme Disease, to a large extent, are preventable because they're a lot of steps that you can take to avoid getting bitten by a tick and getting a tick on you," said Wild.  

Wild says some of those steps include wearing long socks and long sleeves.  Also, wearing lighter clothing to spot ticks, using protective sprays for skin and clothing, and knowing where ticks are.

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