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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • When ticks attack

  • During the monthly meeting of the Wayne County Conservation District, Shane Kleiner, NERO Conservation District field rep, warned everyone about ticks.
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  • - During the monthly meeting of the Wayne County Conservation District, Shane Kleiner, NERO Conservation District field rep, warned everyone about ticks.
    "They're real bad this year," he said. "The side effects and symptoms are so similar to lyme disease."
    He explained that 45 percent of tests done come out positive for lyme disease, but emphasizes that there may be a lot more.
    "In Pennsylvania about 330,000 people aren't diagnosed with lyme disease that do have it," Kleiner stated. "Children are also more prone."
    He said they like to go for high points of the body, from the waistline up, as well as behind the ear.
    "The deer tick causes the most concern," Kleiner said. "However the lone star tick is also one to look for."
    He added that lyme disease is "increasing" in Pennsylvania. California has the most accurate test, called the western blot. It is the only state that has it.
    You don't have to fly out to California to get the expensive test done, though. You can get your blood taken here and it will be shipped out west.
    "The moose are also dying off because of them," added president Paul Kowalczyk. "About half of the population die each year. Tests have been done and they are finding around 10,000 ticks per moose."
    He added that moose season even had to be canceled due to the dying population.
    If you find a tick on you, here are some tips on how to remove it.
    • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
    • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
    If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
    • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
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    The current agreement expired at the end of June.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wording was changed in the new agreement to "bring it up to date, make it more consistent with other district agreements and to give the Commission flexibility on time frames for committing district funds if the need arises."
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