August 21, 2019
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Mainers can save ticks and send them for testing after bite

CDC via AP | BDN
CDC via AP | BDN
This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, a carrier of Lyme disease.

The state of Maine is reminding residents that they can save ticks and send them for testing if they get bitten by the pesky arachnids.

State officials said the testing can show whether the person bitten by the tick was exposed to anything. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab tests for Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesia. The tests are $15 per tick for Maine residents.

[Southern Maine is ‘tick central,’ but don’t let the blood-suckers give you the ‘heebee jeebees,’ experts say]

State officials said the summer is a time of year when residents have to be especially mindful of ticks. That’s especially true for people who work outside. Health care providers reported more than 1,400 confirmed and probable Lyme cases to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention last year. It was the first year-over-year drop since 2015.

Related: One way to find ticks in your yard


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