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A tick in her hair serves as reminder to take precautions

July 14, 2013 | By Beth Daly | Globe Staff

Fully fed female dog tick vs. unfed dog tick

Photo credit: Megan Dyer | Brian Mullen

"I felt the bump on my head at dinner with friends in Roslindale.

I scratched. Something dislodged near my temple, snagged in my hair, then fell to the table: A dog tick.

Despite jokes from the table about getting too close to the subject I was writing about, I was perplexed: Since embarking on a series about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, I thought I had become vigilant about not getting bitten at all".

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