Lyme Disease

 

 

Prevention and Control:

 

      Avoid tick habitats:

- moist shaded environments

- areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation in wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy areas

 

      Use personal protection measures :

- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily spotted.

- Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks or boots to prevent ticks from reaching

your skin.

- Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin.

 

      Perform a tick check and remove attached ticks:

- Infection from the bacteria causing Lyme Disease is unlikely to occur before 36 hours of tick

attachment.Therefore, daily tick checks are important.

- Promptly remove any attached tick you find with fine tipped tweezers.Grasp the tick firmly

and as closely to the skin as possible.Pull the tickís body away from the skin with a steady

motion.

- Do not be alarmed if the tickís mouth parts remain in the skin, this will not increase the risk of

disease transmission.

- Cleanse the area with alcohol or an antiseptic.

- DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove ticks.

 

      Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms following a tick bite:

- bullís-eye rash

- fever

- fatigue

- headache

- muscle or joint aches

 

 

 

References:www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/prevent.htm05-31-05