Global Lyme Alliance Launches “Be Tick Aware” Program

GLA’s prevention kit contains posters, a tick removal tool and tick identification card.

Ticks are out in force and are waiting for our unsuspecting children.

Summer camp season is well underway, but it’s not too late for parents and camp staff to ensure children are protected from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

With scientists predicting an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease this year, children are at an increased risk not only for the tick-borne illness, but for its various debilitating co-infections such as Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Bartonella. and the potentially deadly Powassan virus.

Children aged 3 to 14 have the highest incidence of Lyme in the U.S. The disease is spread by tiny deer ticks (some about the size of a poppy seed). Ticks are found in many settings at outdoor camps, including playing fields, shady wooded areas and woodland trails, tall grasses, stone walls, leaf litter, fallen logs and even wooden picnic tables.

“Ticks are out in force this summer and are just waiting for our unsuspecting children,” said Scott Santarella, CEO of Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme through research, education and awareness. “These microscopic ticks pose a serious threat to youngsters, who run and play outdoors without caution.”

In an effort to protect campers from ticks and tick-borne illnesses, GLA partnered earlier this year with Ivy Oaks Analytics to educate summer camp directors about the threats posed by ticks. To date, 58 camps in 7 states known as hotbeds for ticks—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts and Maine—have signed on to receive GLA’s “Be Tick Aware” prevention kits. Each kit contains a poster with awareness tips, a tick removal tool, a “Check 4 Ticks” body check poster and a tick identification card.

“Kids look forward to summer camp and other outdoor activities,” said Sara Tyghter, GLA’s Director of Education and Outreach. “It’s a time for fun and creating memories of a lifetime. GLA wants those memories to be happy ones, unspoiled by tick-borne illness.”

GLA has outlined steps that parents and camp staff can take to protect campers from ticks and tick-borne…

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