LymeLinks pair warn of health risk that stems from tick bites
WITH summer now officially upon us, we're all being urged to become aware of ticks.
This Sunday, LymeLinks, the North Coast Lyme Disease and Associated Tick Borne Diseases Support Network, is holding an information and fundraising stall at the Lions Club carboot sale at the Jetty Foreshores.
LymeLinks co-ordinators Sara Walker and Lynn Rees will be there to give you all the latest information on tick-borne diseases, and most importantly what to do if you get a tick bite.
"People are reporting lots of bites at the moment, both on themselves and their pets," Ms Walker said.
"The Coffs Harbour region is a known tick-borne disease hot spot," she said.
"We want to get the message out about prevention and what to do if you are bitten."
Both women suffer from tick-borne diseases and started LymeLinks in 2012 to offer support and information to sufferers and the community.
Ms Rees said: "We don't want people ending up like us, with long-term, debilitating, chronic illnesses."
"The treatment for this disease complex is brutal and the cost is crippling," she said.
LymeLinks has received donations from the community to sell to raise funds for crucial research at the University of Sydney into tick-borne diseases.
Ms Rees co-authored a booklet called Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases - Protecting Yourself. To download it go to http://www.aabr.org.au/ and follow the links in Learn/ Publications and Presentations/Tick management review.