New children’s book warns about the danger of ticks

A local author has written a new children’s book which warns parents, teachers and children about the dangers of ticks, the tiny parasites which can carry Lyme disease.

Jenny O’Dea, the co-founder of Tick Talk Ireland has penned The Adventures of Luna and Dips to encourage readers, young and old, to learn about the life cycle of ticks, how they feed and where they live. Some tips on protection are also included.

The story centres around Luna, from her birth as a young larva, as she finds her way through the trials and tribulations of growing up. She learns many things from her friend Dips, but has to undertake her quest alone.

She yearns to be grown up and look just like Fantaz, a nymphal tick who gives her more advice but will Luna grow up to be the tick she desires?

Next week is Tick Awareness Week and people are encouraged to learn more about Lyme disease which is spread to humans by infected tics.

Early diagnosis is key to avoid complications such as extreme fatigue, joint pains and nerve damage, say experts.

Anyone would like to get a free copy of the book (teacher’s pack also available for schools ) should email [email protected]

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