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Tick-Borne Illnesses

If an individual spends time outdoors or has pets that go outdoors, the individual needs to beware of ticks. Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites. Many species of ticks transmit diseases to animals and people. Some of the diseases acquired from a tick bite include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

Some ticks are so small they can be difficult to see, with the naked eye. Ticks may attach to your body or clothing when walking through areas where they live, such as tall grass, leaf litter or shrubs.

Tick-borne diseases occur worldwide, including in your own backyard. To help protect against tick-borne illnesses:

  • Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin or picaridin
  • Wear light-colored protective clothing
  • Tuck pant legs into socks
  • Avoid tick-infested areas
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks

For more information on Ehrichiosis, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ehrlichiosis/DS00702

For more information on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/DS00600

For more information on Tularemia, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tularemia/DS00714

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