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Health Brief

July 14, 2020

Warm weather means… tick season is here and with it comes the risk of “tick-borne” diseases. In Wisconsin we worry about the “big three” illnesses: Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis. (There is a fourth on the rise, but Ehrlichiosis is still rare.) The symptoms of these illnesses are vague and challenging to diagnosis. With them being similar to Covid-19, diagnosis could be missed. Deer ticks are the major carriers of these illnesses. With the deer tick larva being only as big as a pin head and the adult less than ¼ inch, finding them can be difficult. The WI-DNR embraces the age old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some prevention tips:

  • Stay on trails and sidewalks. (stay off the grass, especially tall grass, leaf piles and bushes)
  • Wear insect repellent that contains 20-30% DEET.
  • Wear light colored, long sleeves and long pants. (to spot the ticks more easily)
  • When coming indoors: do a full body check including armpits, behind knees, waistline, ears, and hair.
  • Check your pets for ticks. (the tick may “change hosts”)
  • Take a shower as soon as possible to remove any loose ticks.
  • Put your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes on high to kill any ticks.

If a tick has attached or embedded itself:

  1. Gently remove it using a tweezers. (pinch as close to the head as possible and gently pull - do not twist or jerk)
  2. Place (the tick) in a sealed zip lock bag. (take note of the date and time, in case you get sick.)
  3. Clean the bite area well and bandage if needed.
  4. Monitor yourself for signs/symptoms of illness for 30 days. (seek medical help if you get sick)

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