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Larry Dapsis, the county entomologist for Cape Cod, drags a white flag through leaf litter at Nickerson State Park. The ticks he picks up will be tested to see what percentage carries Lyme. (Beenish Ahmed/WBUR)
Larry Dapsis, the county entomologist for Cape Cod, drags a white flag through leaf litter at Nickerson State Park. The ticks he picks up will be tested to see what percentage carries Lyme. (Beenish Ahmed/WBUR)

We’ve all heard about Lyme disease: that it's spreading throughout New England, that it can be tricky to diagnose and that it can wreak havoc on patients’ lives.

But clear, reliable information — on the disease’s prevalence, how to avoid getting it, how most doctors now believe it should be treated and what to do if you fear you’ve been exposed — can be hard to come by.

All this week, WBUR is featuring a series of stories about Lyme disease in New England.

WBUR's Beenish Ahmed went down the Cape to explore. Read her full report here.

This segment aired on June 27, 2012.

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