Despite knowledge of Lyme disease, many Americans do nothing to prevent tick bites

The Wall Street Journal reports that research appearing in the journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases suggests that even though the majority of people in the US know about Lyme disease and how it is transmitted, only 48.8 percent take measures to make sure they will not get bitten by ticks.

In the New England and Mid-Atlantic areas, where Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are prevalent, 14% said their area is free of tick-borne diseases, a misconception that may be due to inaccurate information on the Internet, researchers said.

Only about a third of the participants said they performed regular tick checks, 21% reported using insect repellents, and 15.7% said they shower to prevent tick bites. Doing nothing was reported by 51.2%.

Researchers from the CDC arrived at this conclusion after having examined survey results gathered from some 12,000 Americans.

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