How to Be "Tick Smart" and Avoid Tickborne Diseases

Geronimo Vena
Mag 20, 2017

Tick identification is important; the deer tick is the only species of tick in ME that can transmit Lyme disease, but there are other species of ticks found across the state, including dog ticks.

She said determining whether someone has Lyme disease is based on a clinical diagnosis, one that takes into account the totality of patients' symptoms and their medical history. He is also a part of The Tick Project, which is testing environmental interventions to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in upstate NY.

"With warmer weather finally upon us and everyone taking advantage of it, we need to make sure people are taking steps to stay safe from ticks and Lyme disease", said Sen. In 2016, the number of anaplasmosis cases reported in ME rose to 372, and the number of babesiosis cases rose to 82 (preliminary figures as of March 1). "Lyme disease, but then also anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, a species of ehrlichiosis". "We see that with all of our diseases, not just Lyme disease".

Repellent: use an insect repellant that contains DEET.

Holbrook recommended people wear long trousers and light-colored clothing that makes it easier to notice the dark-colored arthropods, which must feed on the blood of their host to survive.

· Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members and pets after being outdoors.

The city encourages property owners to reduce tick habitat by removing brush or wood piles and keeping grass short, and she said the awareness campaign is having an impact.

Luccia was bit in the head by a tick in kindergarten in 2013, but the tick was not properly removed.

Pull the tick upward and away with steady pressure, ensuring to pull it straight out.

The same tick, Ixodes scapularis, also transmits Lyme disease, but infectious disease specialists say POW is more severe because it can be deadly and cause long-term neurological damage.

The greatest risk for Lyme is between the months of May and August, when the blacklegged tick is in the juvenile stage; it's the size of a poppy seed and very hard to detect, so individuals may be unaware that they have been bitten. There is no vaccine for Lyme disease, but biodiversity can help thwart it. The disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash that looks like a bullseye.

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