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Deer tick established in eastern Nebraska for first time; Lyme disease could follow | Health



The deer tick, a known carrier of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, has been established in eastern Nebraska, namely in Douglas, Sarpy and Saunders Counties, health officials said Tuesday.

The presence of Lyme Disease in the State if they're asking for infected ticks.

In an alert sent Tuesday, state health officials said laboratory tests

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Nebraska health officials have not originated in the state.

Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin that forms a bull's-eye pattern, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Treatment Prevention. Lyme disease can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics. Most people recover completely, although some may be left with joint pain.

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Residents of the three counties need to watch

"Roberto Cortinas of the University of Nebraska's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences."

The problem is that the tick is very small and hard to spot – nymphs are dark and about the size of a sesame seed, and adults are larger. Both can carry the bacteria, and both can bite people. The nymphs are generally in the spring and should have peaked, Cortinas said. Adults should emerge in late August and early September.

Deer ticks typically are found in wooded areas, he said.

Those who believe they have been exposed to ticks so should take a shower.

Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts in light colors

  • Wear shoes that cover feet,

    • not sandals
    • Apply to approved repellent, the same ones used for mosquitoes
    • Now that the ticks are in the state, Cortinas said they could spread, but entomologists don

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