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Lyme disease on the rise in Capital Region


Albany, N.Y. - Outdoor stores like Eastern Mountain Sports are now carrying more tick related products they say are in demand. According to the New York State Health Department Lyme Disease cases are on the rise in the Capital Region.

"They're pretty much all over," said Jared Greene with Eastern Mountain Sports.

Greene says he's seen the increase of people coming to protect themselves from the blood sucking Lyme Disease carriers.

"We get a lot of people in here buying the stuff because of the ticks. We've just seen a growth in it these past couple of years," said Greene.

According to the State Health Department in 2010 there were 323 cases of Lyme Disease in Rensselaer County but in 2011 a more than one hundred case increase to 656. Saratoga County cases are up too. It's becoming for some all too common. Greene says his wife was diagnosed with the disease as well as his mom.

"My mother was one of the first cases in Greene County back in the 80's," said Greene.

Green says some bug spray products do work to keep ticks away.

"100 percent deet works very well," said Greene.

If you have one that does get embedded in your skin Greene says to try a tick key.

"You slide it over the tick and then you can kind of pry it out rather than grabbing it with your fingers," said Greene.

A bullseye like red mark is a sign that you've been bit. Lyme Disease is carried by deer ticks. Symptoms can include fever chills and aches and pains. Wearing proper clothing can help stop the ticks too.

"Light clothing. It's easy to spot the ticks of they're climbing up your pants. You can tuck your pants into your socks," said Greene.

The State Health Department says you should stay away from areas with tall grass and if you think you've been bit by a tick call your doctor.

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