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Prevent Tick Bites While Enjoying the Outdoors
With no vaccines for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, expert explains how to avoid infection
-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, April 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With spring's arrival, many Americans will begin enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and gardening -- and they need to protect themselves from tick bites, an expert says.
"There aren't any vaccines for tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis, so the only way to prevent infection is to not get bitten in the first place," Dr. Christopher Ohl, a professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a Wake Forest news release.
Ohl, who is also the medical director of communicable diseases for the Forsyth County, N.C. Health Department, offered the following tips:
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about tick bite prevention.
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