News briefs for May 23

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Officials offer tips for tick season

State health officials are advising travelers to the mountains to be aware that it is tick season and to take a few simple precautions to prevent tick bites. There are several diseases that can be transmitted by ticks in Colorado, and avoiding tick bites is the best prevention.

"There is no need to limit your outdoor activities," said John Pape, an epidemiologist who specializes in animal-related diseases from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "Just taking a few simple precautions can prevent tick bites."

He advised individuals to wear light-colored clothing, which makes it easier to see ticks, and to apply a small amount of insect repellent containing less than 30 percent of DEET to areas of exposed skin, especially on the ankles and legs.

"Be careful not to over-apply insect repellent on children," he said.

Pape said that the most effective way to avoid tick bites and prevent transmission of any diseases the tick may carry is to conduct regular "tick checks." He suggested that head-to-toe searches, which focus in particular on the neck beneath the hair, should be conducted every couple of hours during a mountain excursion.

Volunteers needed for Steamboat Marathon

Volunteers are needed for the 25th Annual Steamboat Marathon on June 3 and 4. Volunteers will receive an official event T-shirt and lunch on race day.

To volunteer, call 879-0882, ext. 208, or stop by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave.

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