Warmer Weather Brings Increased Awareness for Insect Bites

Warmer weather is here and along with that comes outdoor activities and an increased exposure to ticks. Ticks can infect humans and wildlife with bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause serious illness.

Gloria Wall, Crawford County Public Health Director, reminds us there are a number of simple things we should remember to help prevent tick bites.

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The disease most associated with tick bites is Lyme Disease. Be aware of flu-like symptoms after a tick bit and especially the tell-tale bullseye that usually develops around the bite. While a serious disease, tests and treatments for Lyme disease have improved in recent years.

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If you find an attached tick remove it immediately by grasping near its head with small tweezers, as close to your skin as possible, and pulling it straight out slowly. And visit a health care provider if any symptoms develop.

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