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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 New vaccine Avoiding ticks is important, de- spite the encouraging news of a new vaccine that fights Lyme dis- ease in people 15 and older. "We are very excit- ed about this new develop-. ment," said Mark Masten, manager of Er- lich Pest Con- trol Company in Bridgeville. "But we think it's im- MASTEN portant to remind people about the simple steps they can take to avoid ticks in the first place, espe- cially if they haven't been vacci- nated." Although a bite from the tiny American deer tick is virtually painless, its effects are long last- ing if the tick carries Lyme dis- ease. Deer tick larvae and nymphs typically become infected with the Lyme disease bacteria when they VA clinic Continued from page 34 also provides general physicals, in-office minor orthopedic care and minor suturing. "We also have a number of female veter- ans," said de Jesus. "I also do women's general health care." That care includes pap smears and breast examinations. De Jesus strongly believes in establishing a personal relation- ship with his patients. "A good rapport with the patient is really does not preclude caution in areas where ticks thrive feed on infected small animals and rodents, I especially the white-footed mouse. Lyme dis- ease can seri- ously threaten one's health DEER TICK with arthritis, irregular heartbeats and paralysis. While there is not much that pest control companies such as Erlich can do to eliminate ticks, Masten said there are some simple steps people can take to protect their health this summer. Surpris- ingly, one place to focus on is the yard. "Many people think of deer ticks and Lyme disease as some- thing you catch in the woods," Masten said. "These ticks feed on small ani- mals commonly found in most yards. Pest-proofing against mice, chipmunks, voles, rabbits and birds will go a long way to keep- important," he said. "I want them to feel at home in the clinic. I don't want them to feel the doctor-patient relationship is one- sided. It's always two-sided," said de Jesus. Listerling is essential to good care, he said. "Listening to the patients' complaints is the most important thing to me, because it opens up to diagnoses. I always give time for my patients to ex- press their complaints." Patients have responsibility for their care, too, he noted. "They should ask questions. They should ask everything ing deer ticks at bay," he said. Masten suggested keeping weeds and grass short, removing debris, sealing openings in screens, attics and garages, and re- moving bird feeders. Erlich sug- gested the following steps to avoid ticks: Wear a buttoned, long-sleeved shirt and tuck pants into socks. Light-colored clothing makes it easier to see ticks. Apply insect repellent with DEET to exposed skin. Apply repellent with Perme- thrin to clothing. Avoid underbrush and tall weeds where ticks hide. When outside, periodically check your entire body, and your pet's, for ticks. When examining the body, Masten said to especial- ly check hidden, hairy areas such as the groin, armpits and scalp. The deer tick feeds on bloodby inserting its mouth parts into the skin of a host animal. They are they're not sure of. That makes delivery of care better," he said. To make an appointment with de Jesus, call 934-7905. To enroll for veterans health- care benefits or for more informa- tion about VA services, call 800- 461-8262, Ext. 5212. slow feeders; a complete blood meal can take several days. Those who suspect they have Lyme disease or were bitten by a deer tick, should see their doctor. Erlich Pest Control Company provides professional pest control services throughout the Mid-At- lantic states. For more informa- tion, call 337-8100. Announcing the Opening Lois James, D.D.S. General Dentistry m New Patients Welcome by appointment only Rt. 26, Ocean View 537-4500 BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY PHYSICIAN Steven H. Berkowitz, D.O. An independent, private practitioner. Hours:. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily * Accepting patients ages 2 and up. Participating with most insurance companies. Long Neck Professional Center, Suite B Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Delaware By Appointment Only 302-945-7200 - MEN OVER 40 - Have you asked your doctor about prostate cancer screenings? YOUR EDGEHILL PHARMACIST IS THE EXPERT TO TURN TO... BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATION