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Thank an opossum for fighting Lyme disease | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Thank an opossum for fighting Lyme disease | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Recently, a mother in Mississippi posted a desperate Facebook message pleading with fellow parents to check their children for ticks. Her young daughter woke up one morning and couldn't walk. She also had trouble talking. Her mother went to brush her hair and found a tick embedded in her scalp. She put the tick in a resealable plastic bag and rushed her daughter to the ER. Many tests later, it turns out the girl was suffering from tick paralysis, an uncommon condition caused by a bite from a female tick on the scalp. Thankfully, the girl made a full recovery and is back home with her family. But the story is an important reminder to be vigilant against ticks . One natural way to cut down on ticks in the area? Let opossums gobble them up. Tick-eating machines Opossums are common backyard visitors, often at night. (Photo: Lisa Hagan/Shutterstock) Opossums are not beloved cre...

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