Learn to protect your family from Lyme disease

05/14/2014 2:05 PM

05/14/2014 9:22 AM

Re "Shared struggle creates a bond" (Our Region, May 11): Thank you for your article about Lyme disease, a serious problem that flies under the radar in Sacramento and throughout California. Many people don't realize they can contract the tick-borne illness around here, and unfortunately, sometimes neither do their doctors.

Untreated, the infection can burrow deep into the body and become very hard to eradicate. Long-term Lyme can cause heart problems, joint and muscle pain, neurological dysfunction, psychiatric manifestations -- the list goes on.

Best scenario: avoid tick bites by dressing defensively and using repellent. Learn how to check for ticks, so if you or your children are bitten, you know how to remove them properly. Next best scenario: if you do contract Lyme, get prompt treatment.

-- Dorothy Leland, Davis

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