Friday, April 25, 2014

Tick-Borne Diseases

It's tick season.    We were hoping that our winter from hell would have killed most of them, but apparently not.   They're as numerous as ever so far.

The pic shows our most common ticks on my hand.   The trick is to pay attention to your tickles and itches and to check those spots right away.  Most tick-borne diseases require the tick to be attached for a long time for transmission.   The sooner you pick them off, the better.   Don't panic if you find one attached though....it takes 48 hours for a tick to give you Lyme Disease. 

Here's a terrific publication by the CDC all about ticks and the diseases they transmit. http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/TickborneDiseases.pdf

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