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2nd European Symposium on Lyme Borreliosis. A NATO advanced research workshop. United Kingdom, 19-20 May 1993. Abstracts.

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The Center to Protect Workers' Rights: Resources and Publications: Hazard Alert: Lyme Disease in Construction Construction workers who work outdoors are at increased risk of Lyme disease. You can get Lyme disease after a deer tick feeds on you. The deer tick is found in most of the United States. But the Lyme disease problem is worst in northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Doctors on Long Island, New York, tested 396 building trades workers and found 43 had Lyme disease. Three of them had the disease long enough to need intravenous antibiotics for 6 weeks, costing thousands of dollars each. The rate of infection among the construction workers who worked outdoors on Long Island — 13% — was twice the rate for the whole Long Island population. The Hazards Lyme disease affects everyone differently. Some people get sick in about a week. The first sign may be a rash near the tick bite. Other people may not seem sick until months or years after a tick bite. The disease can permanently damage your nervous system and joints. Sometimes joint replacement is needed. Protect Yourself Deer ticks are tiny — the size of the head of a pin. The ticks are found in brush, woods, and tall grass. May and June are the worst months, but the ticks are active in all warm months. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Put your pants cuffs inside your work boots. Tuck in your shirt. Light-colored clothing may make it easier to spot ticks. Use a tick repellent. Spray a repellent with permethrins in it near the openings on your clothes, such as the bottoms of your pants and the waistband. Apply the permethrins once a month; they don’t wash out every time. Do not use them on your skin. On your skin, use a repellent that has DEET (N- diethyl-metatoluamide), but no more than 33% DEET. (For children, 2 to 12 years old, use 10% DEET or less and use it as little as possi

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