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LYME TIME

SUMMERTIME MEANS TICKS, AND THAT CAN MEAN LYME DISEASE. HERE’S WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR.
DUSTY PERIN INSET: KPIXMINING/SHUTTERSTOCK

When I was recently in Massachusetts walking in the woods with my friend and her dog, a constant refrain I heard was, “Stay on the path! Do not venture into the grass or the woods.” The reason: ticks.

Perhaps you’ve been similarly advised to be particularly observant in looking for ticks after riding your horse through woods or fi elds. This is good advice for those of you living in areas where Lyme disease is present.

Lyme disease is caused by infection with the bacteria species Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is passed to horses, people, and dogs through insect carriers, namely ticks.

The particular culprits are the Ixodes ticks (black-legged and deer ticks), which fl ourish in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, upper Midwest, and in pockets of the Northwest. The disease is named after Lyme, Conn., where it was fi rst identifi ed in 1975.

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