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Lyme disease is prevalent in the Hudson-Mohawk region, and birders should take precautions against the deer tick, the vector of the disease.
The New York State Department of Health's page on Lyme Disease describes how to reduce your risk of tick bites, how to remove a tick, along with much more about the disease.
The CDC's Lyme Disease page. This web site has a public information guide provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including a down-loadable brochure.
The American Lyme Disease Foundation provides pictures of ticks, information on how to remove a tick, available educational materials, and more.