Protecting Yourself Against Tick-borne Diseases

 

Diseases

ticksTicks are the principle vectors for transmitting several serious disease to humans.

Erlichiosis

Lyme Disease

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

STARI - Southern Tick Associated Related Illness

Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE)

Protecting Yourself

  1. Apply insect repellent with DEET. (Avoid contact with skin)
  2. Wear light colored clothing. (makes ticks easier to spot)
  3. Tuck pant legs into socks.
  4. Peform a thorough self-inspection for ticks after leaving tick infested areas.
  5. Wash clothing and then place in clothes drier (setting on high) for one hour to kill any ticks hiding.
  6. Remove ticks with tweezers in a manner that avoids squeezing tick contents into wound. Treat with ointment.
  7. Monitor health. If fever, rash, or poor health arises, consult medical attention immediately. Inform your doctor that you were exposed to ticks.

 

Resources

Tick Management Handbook--Tick handling handbook Conn. Agricultural Experiment Station

 

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