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Health clinics see hike in Lyme disease cases

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Lyme disease cases are on the rise again this summer in the Midstate, according to local medical experts.

Patient First doctors said they are seeing an average of 5-10 cases a day just at their Mechanicsburg location.

"They come in thinking it's a spider bite, but it's really the rash for Lyme disease," said Matthew Dows, P.A. at Patient First.

Dows said other signs include body aches, chills and flu-like symptoms. If left untreated by antibiotics, the disease can become incurable.

If you think you've been exposed to a deer tick, which is about the size of a pin head, Dows said do not attempt to burn it off. Instead, use tweezers or see your doctor within 72 hours.

To prevent Lyme disease, wear protective clothing and use bug spray. Dows said if you've been outside for an extended period, always check yourself and your pets for ticks before you come in.

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