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July 2012 New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Vol.3(3):17-24
 
Preventing and Managing Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases
  • Advise patients to use tick checks, DEET, and showers to avoid tick bites; if a tick is attached, it should be removed promptly and safely.

  • Ask patients with suggestive symptoms such as fever, headache, malaise, and/or rash about travel history, as most tick-borne infections are acquired outside of New York City.

  • Follow recommended testing protocols, including repeat testing if indicated, because symptoms may be nonspecific and immune response is often delayed.

 

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