Well being Division Advises Individuals To Take Precautions Towards Ticks Whereas Outdoor

The Chautauqua County Well being Division is advising residents to take precautions to guard themselves from ticks whereas having fun with the outside this Fall.

County Director of Environmental Well being Jessica Wuerstle stated, “Not all ticks may cause illness and never all tick bites will make you sick, however it’s necessary to discover ways to stop a chunk, find out how to take away a tick and what to do if you happen to assume you have been uncovered to a tick-borne illness”

Lyme illness has greater than doubled in Chautauqua County since 2014. Lyme illness is attributable to a bacterium and will be unfold to people when an contaminated blacklegged tick (also referred to as a “deer tick”) attaches to a human. In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, sometimes a tick should be connected for greater than 36 hours to have the ability to transmit the Lyme illness inflicting bacterium. In case you can find and take away a tick inside 24 hours an connected tick is far much less more likely to trigger Lyme illness.

Deer ticks stay in shady, moist areas at floor degree. They cling to tall grass, brushes and shrubs, often not more than 18-24 inches off the bottom. In addition they stay in lawns and gardens, particularly on the edges of forested areas and round previous stone partitions. Ticks can not bounce or fly onto an individual; they wait in vegetation and cling to animals or people that cross by. As soon as a tick will get on the pores and skin, it usually climbs upward till it reaches a heat, protected space.

In case you spend time outside, the Well being Division advises the next steps to guard your self:

• Put on light-colored clothes with a good weave to identify ticks simply.

• Put on enclosed sneakers, lengthy pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirts into pants.

• Test garments and uncovered pores and skin ceaselessly for ticks whereas outside.

• Think about using insect repellent that accommodates DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Observe the label instructions when utilizing repellents and apply in small quantities, avoiding contact with the eyes, nostril and mouth.

• Keep on open, well-traveled trails. Stroll within the middle of trails and keep away from dense wooded and bushy areas.

• Keep away from sitting straight on the bottom or on stone partitions.

• Maintain lengthy hair tied again.

• Bathe or bathe as quickly as attainable after going indoors (ideally inside two hours) to clean off and extra simply discover ticks that could be on you.

• Do a ultimate, full-body tick verify on the finish of the day (bear in mind to verify youngsters and pets) and take away ticks shortly.

In case you discover an connected tick, you must take away it instantly, ideally with fantastic level tweezers. Grasp the tick as near the pores and skin as attainable and firmly pull the tick straight out.

Relying on how lengthy the tick was biting, a one time dose of antibiotic might assist stop Lyme illness. Contact your healthcare supplier as quickly as attainable to debate attainable therapy choices, particularly if you happen to have no idea how lengthy the tick has been there or if the tick is engorged with blood.

Early Indicators and Signs of Lyme illness embrace fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Later indicators and signs embrace extreme complications and neck stiffness; facial palsy, ache in joints, nerve ache, and capturing pains.

The Chautauqua County Well being Division can not take a look at ticks to find out if they’re carrying micro organism that may trigger illness.

For extra info, go to www.well being.ny.gov/ailments/communicable/lyme or www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html or contact the native Environmental Well being Division at 1-800-604-6789.