Testing Deer Ticks May Help Catch Lyme Disease Early

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Center for Wilderness Safety Offering New Budget-Friendly Service to Test Deer Ticks for Lyme Disease

Test results of deer ticks tested for Lyme disease are much faster and more accurate than submitting human blood samples to a lab, enabling people to start antibiotics much sooner.

While some parts of the country are still experiencing winter’s bitter cold temperatures and even snow, it’s spring time and summer is just around the corner. With warmer weather in store for most of the U.S., concerns over ticks and Lyme disease are becoming more and more of a significant issue. Beginning in May, ticks start to become very active, which coincides with people spending more time outdoors recreating. It is important for everybody, especially Scouts and outdoor enthusiasts, to check themselves for the presence of ticks and for any signs and symptoms of tick bites, and for parents to check their children.

Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacterium that causes Lyme disease and is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and sometimes a characteristic “bulls-eye” rash known as erythema migrans at the bite site. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the nervous system, and even the heart. If any ticks are found, they should be removed and can be submitted to Tick-Testing.com, a program of TickSafety.com and the Center for Wilderness Safety, to test for the presence of Lyme disease.

Traditionally, it takes hundreds of dollars and between 4 to 6 weeks for a blood sample to come back from a lab with qualitative results for Lyme disease. By testing individual ticks (up to five at a time, actually), we are able to reliably detect whether the tick itself carries the Lyme disease pathogen, helping with early detection and proactive treatment regimen by your physician (or veterinarian) – and all for just $35! Unlike traditional laboratories' complicated test paperwork, our tick-testing program has a simple, easy to use web interface for ordering tick tests. Simply order the test online at http://www.Tick-Testing.com, mail your tick to our lab in Loudoun County, Virginia, and your results will be ready within 72 hours of lab receipt. Our program is dedicated to providing laboratory-quality tick testing to people in high-risk areas for Lyme disease nationwide.

To have a tick tested for Lyme disease and for more information about tick testing, visit: http://www.Tick-Testing.com. For information about ticks and tick safety, please visit http://www.wildsafe.org/ticks or email support(at)tick-testing(dot)com.

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