Time to protect yourself against ticks

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tick season is upon us once again, and New Hampshire health officials are advising people to wear insect repellent and protective clothing to avoid being bitten by them and potentially exposed to Lyme disease.

The Department of Health and Human Services says in 2013, 1,689 cases of Lyme disease were identified in the state, with the highest rates of disease in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between May and August.

Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a bulls-eye-like rash.

It's treatable with antibiotics. Left untreated, it can lead to severe headaches and neck pain caused by meningitis, pain and swelling in large joints, shooting pains that may interfere with sleep, and heart palpitations and dizziness.

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