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Tompkins County Whole Health Issues Health Alert – Gives Warning on Ticks and Lyme Disease


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The Tompkins County Whole Health is issuing a health alert warning of residents of the dangers from being bitten by a tick, including Lyme Disease. TCWH says ticks are known to transmit over 7 different types of illnesses which can affect anyone regardless of age. Tick-borne symptoms can include fever, fatigue, and rash, but can vary from the type of infection.

“Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (or deer ticks). Because Lyme disease is caused by bacteria, re-infection can occur with any bite from an infected tick. While not all deer ticks are infected with the bacteria, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in New York.”

TCWH said in a release.

As of now, there is no vaccine for Lyme Disease. The disease is the most common within the state, but other tick-borne diseases are spreading quickly, including babesiosis and anaplasmosis.

Ticks though cannot jump or fly, but instead wait on plants and then attach themselves to either animals or humans who brush against them. TCWH says when spending time outside, make sure to take extra precautions and use the ABCD Method:

A – Avoid – If possible, avoid areas where ticks may be present. 

B – Bug Spray – Use tick repellent on both clothing and skin, but make sure it contains 20%-30% DEET. Apply as directed and assist children in application. Treat clothing, tents, and other camping gear with permethrin.

C – Check for Ticks – Perform regular checks for ticks whenever you go outside and do an additional full-body scan at the end of the day. Assist family members with checking themselves and to check pets too

D – Dress for Prevention – Wear light colored clothing to easily spot a tick(s) and tuck in your shirt and tuck pants into socks.

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