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Lyme disease

John Elyard of Kuwait said he and his brother want to hike an AT segment 
and that his brother is concerned about Lyme disease.

Walt Daniels is correct that there is no vaccine for Lyme disease 
currently available.  I'm sure Walt will let us know how his 
guinea-pigging turns out.

I did a survey for the deer tick (Lyme disease tick) on the AT in 1991 
for my M.S. thesis research.  My study area was the AT from the WV/MD 
border to the MA/VT border.  The survey included repeated sampling of the 
AT in certain states, such as 5 walks through NY, 3 walks through CT 
and NJ, twice through MA, once each through PA and MD.  Sampling for ticks 
was conducted at least every 3 miles on 100-200 foot sections of trail 
and trail edges.  I wrote an article about the ecology of the deer tick 
and personal precautions for AT users/maintainers in the April, 1993 
issue of _The Registrar_, an ATC publication.  A more in-depth 
synopsis of my research was published in the Proceedings of the 1993 
Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.  If any one would like a 
copy of either of these articles, I'd be happy to snail-mail it to you.  
Also, I work for the New York State Dept. of Health, Arthropod-borne 
Disease Program and stay current with information pertaining to the 
deer tick.

Linda Wacker mentioned wearing a hat...probably regarding deer flies and 
black flies.  This is good advice.  A recent report suggests that 
affixing a fly strip to the hat will help capture the offending insects.  
Folks who have tested this say it works.  It would probably be better if 
hikers without trail names avoid this method for fear of being labeled 
with embarrassing trail names (such as "Carrier of Fly Carcasses").