State governments are getting more involved, too. New York State Senator Sue Serino just announced her state’s second commitment of $600,000 to study the disease via the two-year-old Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. More resources expand research and education.
For McCarthy, whose antibiotic treatments have her feeling about 75 percent full strength on good days, the future looks promising. “I have a disease that has changed my life, but I have hope,” she says. “I have hope in the scientists and in these amazing grassroots campaigns.”
Important tips to tick-proof yourself:
Whether you’re walking a country road or hiking a trail, the best defense is a good offense. Take these precautions to minimize the chance that a tick will latch on to you.
Before You Go Spray your socks, and sneakers or boots with a product containing 0.5% permethrin, an insecticide safe to humans but deadly to ticks. Wear permethrin-treated clothing (InsectShield.com).