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Olivia Goodreau, founder of the LivLyme Foundation and creator of the TickTracker app, speaks at the foundation's 2017 gala. Goodreau contracted Lyme disease after being bit by a tick near Lake of the Ozarks. July 17 2019
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Olivia Goodreau is trying to help other people avoid what happened to her: Lyme disease.

Goodreau partnered with thePLAN, a software company in central Ohio, to develop TickTracker, a free smartphone app that lets users log the types of ticks they see and where they found them using geolocation. The ticks are displayed on a map.

“I hope that it will bring awareness to everyone so they don’t end up like me and they don’t end up with a bunch of diseases,” Goodreau said.

A deer tick, one of the most common ticks in the Midwest and the carrier of several diseases, such as Lyme Disease.

A small survey of St. Louis-area physicians found doctors greatly overestimate the prevalence of Lyme disease and underestimate the prevalence of other tick-borne illnesses in Missouri.

Scientists at the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville sent a survey to 81 St. Louis-area infectious-disease specialists and family physicians. About a fifth of the doctors responded.

According to the results, published earlier this month in the journal Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 82 percent of respondents believed Lyme disease was among the most common tick-borne infections in the state. But state health officials say there were only 10 probable or confirmed cases of Lyme in Missouri in 2016.

Honeysuckle plus deer equals abundance of ticks

Oct 11, 2010

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