Free Tick Screening After Bites Could Help Prevent Lyme Disease

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - This tick season, there's a new screening that can help detect Lyme disease after a tick bite. You simply remove the tick and mail it into a lab for testing.

The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab at East Stroudsburg University has tested more than 2000 ticks since screenings began last month. 

Lab director Nicole Chinnici says it takes about three days to get results.  The quick turnaround can help fast-track a diagnosis of Lyme. 

Symptoms often don’t show for more than a week.

“So if symptoms do occur, you and your physician really understand what you’ve been exposed to and how to treat you properly,” explains Chinnici.

If you or your pet is bitten, you should carefully remove the tick and seal it in a plastic bag.  Then visit the lab’s website.  There you’ll complete a form and receive a voucher that you mail along with the tick

The data collected will also be used for researchers to “track the distribution of tick species in our state and where these diseases are located,” says Chinnici.

The screenings are conducted at no charge to Pennsylvania residents.

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