• Of the estimated 20 million 7- to 11-year old children in the United States (2000-2010 census), 60,000 have confirmed cases of Lyme disease (cdc.gov). The CDC estimates the incidence rate is 20 times that number due to several factors.
• The incidence of Lyme disease is reported in nearly every state of the United States with significant reports in 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
• Educating children about prevention strategies against ticks will save families costly devastating effects: financial—diagnosis and treatment can be a significant cost; physical—misdiagnosis leads to severe health complications including heart and neurological symptoms; social/emotional—being misunderstood as the symptoms may be not visible to others; educational—learning disabilities may occur with Lyme disease affecting the brain and overall health of individuals.
• Hide-and-Seek: No Ticks, Please is a story to help parents, educators, and medical personnel discuss the risks of ticks, how ticks transmit bacteria, steps to prevent contact with ticks, and how to remove a tick properly if it does become attached.
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"José can't come over to play today," Alex's mom told her.
"Was he bad?" Alex asked. "His mom said we could play today."
"José wasn't bad, Alex. He's really sick and has a fever."
"A few days ago, we went on one of our adventures in the woods. But wait ... he was tired, and he didn't keep up with me when I was playing hide-and-seek with him," said Alex.
"That's what I want to talk to you about, Alex. You both played in the bushes, the tall grasses, and the woods behind José's house, right?"
"Yeah, we went exploring. We found worms and bugs under some rocks. We found squirrels running up trees. We heard all kinds of noises. I saw a mouse running through the leaves. We climbed on top of a big tree that had fallen to the ground. José was hiding in the tall bushes. But I found him, Mom. I found him."
"I need to talk to you about playing in the woods, the bushes, and the tall grasses, Alex. José's mom found a tick on him a couple of weeks ago."
"I know. José showed me the spot where the tick bit him under his arm. He said the tick made a red spot like a mosquito bite."
"He said he didn't feel the tick climb on him. He said his mom found it when she did a tick check. Mom, what's a tick check?"
"José's mom looked all over his body for ticks that are very small and hard to see or find," Alex's mother told her. "She pulled the tick off with a pair of tweezers. José's mom took him to the doctor the other day because he wasn't feeling well."
"José wasn't feeling well because a tick bit him?"
"To help you understand, Alex, let me share a story with you about ticks."
"Ticks like to crawl or climb, looking for adventure."
"You will find them in warm, moist spaces. You will find them in hidden places. No ticks, please!"
"That's what José was doing," Alex said. "Looking under rocks."
"There are places where ticks hide. Ticks hide in grasses. Ticks hide in masses."
"Look at all those ticks on that log!" Alex exclaimed. "José and I played on logs and in the grasses!"
"Ticks hide in the woods or among the leaves, and as for their size, you wouldn't believe ..."(Continues…)
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