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DoD Trying to Educate About Lyme Disease

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 4, 1997 – Military tick watchers are trying to spread the word about the dangers of being in wooded and grassy areas during tick season.

DoD is using education as a tool to combat Lyme disease as well as other vector-borne diseases, said officials at the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The agency can also provide Technical Information Memorandum 36, "Personal Protection Against Insects and Other Arthropods of Military Importance"; posters; a 14-minute videotape; a slide presentation; wallet-sized tick identification cards and other material. Address comments, questions and requests for educational material to:

U.S. Army CHPPM

ATTN: Entomological Sciences Program

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5422or call DSN 584-3613 or 1-410-671-3613.

Also, you can obtain information from the Lyme disease electronic mail network called LymeNet. The service is available through the Internet (www.lymenet.org).

The following hot lines are available for public use:

Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.

1 Financial Plaza

Hartford, CT 06103-2610

(800) 886-LYME

American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc.

Royal Executive Park

3 International Drive

Rye Brook, NY 10573

(800) 876-LYME.

Also, the DoD pesticide hotline can answer all kinds of pest management questions, by calling DSN 584-3773 or (410) 671-3773.

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