Recent we have received an increase in reported Lyme Disease cases. The Tucker County Health Department reminds you to be alert for ticks this summer. Lyme disease is transmitted by the deer tick. Most cases develop between April and September, but ticks can still be active throughout the winter. Use insect repellent that contains a 20 percent concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin to prevent tick bites.
The CDC says “Before You Go Outdoors”
- Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.
- Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5°/o permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin treated clothing and gear.
Please conduct tick checks on yourself, pets, and children after being outside; even after being in your own yard. To safely remove a tick, remove the tick with tweezers. Avoid crushing the tick’s body while applying gentle pressure until the tick releases. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic. If the tick’s head remains embedded in the skin after removing the body, seek medical attention. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease can be transmitted. Typical symptoms of Lyme Disease include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. A characteristic “Bull’s-Eye” rash occurs in about 70-80 percent of infected persons. Seek medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms or if a rash develops.
If you are a dog owner, contact your veterinarian for information of a Lyme Vaccination. Lyme disease vaccine is primarily recommended for dogs that live or frequently visit areas known for Lyme disease as well as for those living in areas with high potential for tick exposure.
For more information contact the Tucker County Health Department (304)
478-3572 or check out the CDC.gov website.