Preventing and treating tick bites

By Emily Bratcher

By Emily Bratcher

As if that wasn't enough to worry about, we are still discovering new infections spread by ticks, including Bourbon virus, which killed a man in Bourbon County, Kansas, in 2014, and Heartland virus, first diagnosed in two Missouri farmers in 2009.

It's par for the course when spending time outdoors during those warm Kentucky months.

Last year, 2,852 ticks were submitted for testing in Alberta, says Elumir.

The ticks in the study haven't been tested for the disease, but their presence means the state could see more cases in the future, Clay said.

"There are some symptoms of Lyme disease that not everyone has, but if you have them, they're highly suggestive you have Lyme disease", said CEO Lorraine Johnson.

Dogs and cats are also likely to pick up ticks, so it's important to talk to your vet about proper preventative medication.

More information can be found on the CDC's tick information website or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.

Lyme disease is an infection from the bite of a tick.

"Questing is a behavior exhibited by hard ticks as a way of increasing the chances of coming in to contact with a suitable mammal host", Ashley said.

They're very small, they bore their heads right into your skin, and they engorge themselves on your blood. "Some of the natural products that are being marketed are not effective for preventing tick bites or distracting ticks from humans".

CDC researchers, which took a look at various permethrin clothing and fabrics, found that the items may be toxic to several tick species at different stages of their life cycles. If you find a tick attached to your body, or notice a bulls-eye shaped rash developing, it is recommended that you seek medical attention for an assessment. Grasp it as close to the skin as possible and remove it with a gentle, steady pull.

In 70-80 percent of cases, an expanding rash resembling a bullseye or solid patch will appear near the site of the bite.

Kentucky parents concerned about tick-borne diseases can relax a bit, according to pediatricians with the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics. Deer ticks carry Lyme disease, which can be transmitted not only to dogs but also to humans.

To prevent contact with ticks and avoid tick-borne illnesses, Fermon recommends tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Recent media reports have indicated concern about ticks in New Jersey that can transmit SFTS - severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.

That increase in Lyme Disease transmission isn't just because bug experts are seeing more ticks.

"If you get rid of the deer, then Lyme disease will go away", said a woman, who noted that the Deer Task Force, an advisory committee to the Town of New Shoreham, has tried to address the issue.

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