In case you missed it. . . . . there was an article in the newspaper on June 15 about deer ticks being discovered at Doctor’s Park in Bayside. A UW-Madison research team stated there was evidence of an established, breeding population of deer ticks in the area. It had been thought that deer ticks were usually found in northern
Now is a good time for everyone to become more aware of deer ticks and their ability to carry communicable disease, including Lyme disease. Prevention of tick bites is important and not too difficult. Some very simple habits can help protect you:
- Walk in the middle of trails and avoid sitting on logs and leaning on trees.
- Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks, and long pants.
- Consider appropriate repellents.
- Wear light colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.
- Do tick checks immediately after outdoor activity and again 24 hours later.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can begin within a few days or up to a month after a tick bite. 70-80% of victims have a “bull’s eye” rash at the site of the bite. Fatigue, fever, headache, mildly stiff neck, and muscle aches can be other acute symptoms. Left untreated, Lyme disease can continue to progress and cause more serious illness.
More information about Lyme disease can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/LymeDisease and http://dhs.Wisconsin.gov/communicable/tickborne/lymedisease.