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A Lyme Disease Survivor's Warning

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    As we move into the last days of summer, the potentially, deadly threat from West Nile and Lyme disease isn't over.

Rita Trandem, Erskine, Minn.: "I went out and I weeded a flower bed one day…."

  A short time later, Rita woke up in the middle of the night suffering from a soaring fever and all kinds of aches and pains. She'd find out a couple of weeks later that she'd been bitten by a deer tick and had lyme disease.

  Today, Rita and her husband Sheldon are back at work volunteering at the Erskine Senior Center. Rita is just finishing up a long round of antibiotics and says she's lucky her case of lyme disease was found in the early stage. It could have been a lot worse.

Rita Trandem: "It can affect your organs, your heart. It can give you arthritis in your joints… a lot of ugly things."

  The actual deer ticks that transmit lyme disease are tiny. But, they can leave behind a very ugly, round shaped rash that can lead to all kinds of problems if it isn't treated.

Rita Trandem: "Deer tick are so tiny that you can hardly see them. I have an idea where I got bit, maybe on my abdomen, because I had like a bulls eye there. So, I thought maybe that's where I got bit."

  So, a reminder from Rita… if you're heading into the great outdoors, make sure to use bug spray and proper clothing to give yourself a much better chance of escaping the bite of deer ticks carrying lyme disease and West Nile mosquitoes.

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