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  • Lyme Disease

    Fight the Bite! Fight the Bite!

    Spring & Summer mean outdoor activities. Outdoors means ticks and risk of Lyme Disease.

    The CDC says: Before gardening, camping, hiking, or just playing outdoors, make tick bite prevention part of your outdoor plans.

    Lyme disease is the most commonly occurring vector-borne disease in the United States. An estimated 300,000 infections occur each year, of which only 30,000 are reported to CDC by state health departments.

    The risk is greatest among those living in or visiting New England, the mid-Atlantic states, and the upper Midwest. A recent national survey found that nearly 20 percent of people in areas where Lyme disease is common were unaware of the danger. Fortunately, there are several tactics you and your family can use to prevent tick bites and reduce your risk of tickborne disease.

    Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

    Know where to expect ticks. Blacklegged ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter or shrubs. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails and avoid tall vegetation.

    Use a repellent with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing and gear). Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions! Parents should apply repellents to their children, taking care to avoid application to hands, eyes, and mouth. Products containing permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing, and camping gear. Treated items can remain protective through several washings.

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  • CPR, Lyme Disease and Olives

    Olives? Well, we don't quite get that reference, but CPR & Lyme Disease are hot topics.

    We carry a large selection of CPR products including Professional CPR & First Aid Training Mannequins, CPR Masks & CPR Mouth Barrier devices, CPR Kits, CPR Prompting devices, Safety Training Videos, CD's and More. We carry a large selection of CPR products 

    With CPR & AED Awareness Month beginning in a few days, there's a lot of talk about CPR - scheduling training classes, getting CPR gear, etc.

    Springtime means outdoor activities, ticks, and Lyme Disease...

    See What the Bangor Daily News has to say about this.

    How to Recognize a Deer Tick and Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease

  • What is DEET? Is it Safe?

    Is DEET bad? No - it's actually a very effective insect repellent (also spelled insect repellant accurately, in  case you were wondering) and the environmental impact and safety concerns are mostly urban legend and FAR outweighed by the efficacy and heath benefits (you don't want Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus, do you?)

    Environmental Working Group’s science review concluded that although DEET certainly isn’t perfect, its safety profile is actually better than a lot of people think. Given that DEET is highly effective, reasonably safe and has been used billions of times, we concluded that it’s a reasonable choice when you need a repellent that really works.

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    Why Use Repellents? ( Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products )

    Bites from mosquitoes and other insects, as well as ticks (which officially are arthropods, not insects), are more than just annoying. They can lead to lasting health issues and can even result in death. Through proper use of DEET-based repellents, you and your loved ones can enjoy outdoor activities more comfortably. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll help reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease, West Nile virus and a host of other serious illnesses spread by these pests.

    West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is less common than Lyme disease but can be significantly more dangerous.

    Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can be annoying. But, being bothersome is a minor issue when compared to the serious diseases they can transmit. Here in the United States, the most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, spread by the deer tick.

    For more on insects, visit www.aboutbugs.com.

    West Nile Virus Cases Reported by the CDC

    WNV Neurological Disease

    WNV Fever

    WNV Fatalities

    11,053

    15820

    1083

    Many WN fever and other cases are unreported

    West Nile Virus (WNV) is found through out the continental United States and in all Canadian Provinces. The most serious form of the disease is neurological and results in encephalitis and meningitis, both infections that cause serious, sometimes deadly, brain inflammation. Survivors often have lingering symptoms including paralysis, blindness, and memory problems. WNV fever is less serious, but its victims can be sick for many months before recovering. The CDC reports that those with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk than the general population for contracting the more serious forms of WNV. Those older than 50 are also at greater risk, but the disease can afflict individuals of all ages and in 2007 victims ranged in age from 3 months to 90 years of age.

    DEET
    • N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated DEET, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents.
    • Formula: C12H17NO
    • IUPAC ID: N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide
    • Melting point: -49°F (-45°C)
    • Boiling point: 550.4°F (288°C)
    • Molar mass: 191.27 g/mol
    • Density: 998.00 kg/m³
    Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products

    When do most people think about applying Insect Repellent? AFTER they've been bitten! Be sure to stock up on Insect Sting Relief as well as Bug Repellent!
    Insect Repellant & Bug Repellent Pumps and continuous spray. Wasp & Hornet Spray, Bite Relief with Applicator & Repellent Towelettes / Wipes. Protect from Asian Tiger Mosquito, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile and more. See Insect Repellent & Sting Relief Products

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