If you want to explore nature on this holiday weekend, be careful not to bring home unwanted visitors who enjoy riding people. Yes, we talk about ticks.
State officials of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the State Department for Public Health advise the public that ticks are not only a nuisance but potential spurs of disease.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month released a report stating that the diseases have tripled in the United States due to mosquitoes, ticks and flea bites. From 2004 to 2016, more than 640,000 cases were reported.
"Spring and early summer are peak times for tick bites, which coincide with people venturing out in warmer weather. Jeffrey D. Howard Jr., Acting Commissioner for Public Health, in a press release. "It's important that people take preventive measures against tick bites and look for ticks after visiting the affected areas."
Tularemia, a disease caused by tick bites or deer fly bites, has recently been confirmed in a trapped wild rabbit in Butler County. This disease usually affects rabbits and rodents, but can be transmitted to humans and pets depending on the state. Other tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
"While tick bites are common in the warmer months in Kentucky, tick-borne diseases are rare," Dr. Victoria A. Statlet, who is at UofL Doctors ̵
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Protection includes avoiding places where Ticks, such as wooded and brittle areas, and antideculants with an effective active ingredient, such as DEET or picaridine, carry.
It is also good to wear protective clothing, such as light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants that are tucked into your socks. You may use permethrin for the treatment of clothing and equipment, such as boots, pants, socks and tents or clothing that has been pre-treated with permethrin, according to the CDC.
If you come from outside, you should check your body, equipment and pets for ticks. If you have children, check them too.
But, "You do not have to take your child to the doctor if he or she has a tethered tail but is otherwise good." Gary S. Marshall, who is using UofL Physicians – Pediatric Infectious Disease, said in a press release
If you discover an embedded tick, use tweezers to grab the tick near the skin, pulling with even pressure, not to jerk or twist, depending on the condition. Then wash your hands and the bite with soap and water and apply an antiseptic.
"Dispose of a tick by immersing it in alcohol, put it in a sealed bag / container, stick it on or rinse it in the toilet," advises the state. "Never crush a tick with your fingers."
Look for symptoms of tick disease after a few weeks after removing the tick. These may vary but may include fever, skin rash, severe headache, muscle or joint pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
As Karen Waldrop, deputy commissioner of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, says, "A tick bite can spoil an otherwise great day outdoors."