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CDC says tick-borne diseases are now threefold. Do you remove ticks properly? Here you will learn everything about ticks and how you can fight the Lyme disease.
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Onekama, on the west side of Michigan and about 10 miles north of Manistee, is the southern gateway to Michigan's scenic M-22 highway.

And the community (pronounced by locals as One) -comma and O-NECK-a-ma) is known as a summer outdoor paradise for recreational activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and golfing.

Over the last few days, Onekama – "" 1 "- has posted a social media warning to visitors who enjoy nature: ticks are most active from April to September, and once again it seems" a ticks are increasingly becoming a nationwide threat and pose new health concerns, including rare cases where tick bites have been linked to life-threatening red meat allergies.

Health officials point out that the bloodsucking parasites feel very comfortable in grassy coasts, bushy fields and wooded areas across Michigan – can cause deadly diseases.

"There are over 20 known ticks in Michigan," warns the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. "Not all ticks are pathogenic, but tick-borne illness occurs in Michigan and he can To be noxious or fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated. "

Ticks are usually ⅛ to ¼ inch in size. They attach to your skin and become embedded in your blood. The state has published a 16-page guide to ticks and the prevention of tick-borne diseases.

Although ticks are more prevalent in the counties on the shores of Lake Michigan, they are also living in the Detroit metro and many other parts of the state this spring. Social media users tell terrible stories about collecting ticks from themselves – and their pets.

One of the diseases that spread ticks is Lyme disease, and over the past two decades, the number of cases of human Lyme disease in the state has been rising steadily, rising from about 30 per year to over 300.

Some experts believe that the estimate could be undervalued. Many cases are not reported because the symptoms of Lyme disease often mimic the flu.

A test tube with black-legged ticks collected at W.K. Michigan State University. Kellogg Experimental Forest in Augusta, MI, October 23, 2016. [Photo: Courtesy of Jean Tsao.]

Allen Taylor, a resident of Onekama who holds a variety of community functions – from the Portage Lake Association the area the Facebook page admin until he sits in the parks and the community recovery committee contributes more ticks to climate change.

And according to CDC, there is evidence for this:

"Development and survival of ticks, their animal hosts (such as deer) and the bacterium that causes Lyme All diseases are strongly influenced by climatic factors, especially temperature, precipitation and Humidity. "

Deadly meat allergy

Now there is a new problem: tick bites are associated with a deadly red meat allergy.

Last year studies by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases have detected rare cases of this allergy to Lone Star Ticks, which got its name from a silvery spot that was probably shaped like Texas on the back of female ticks.

The Lone According to Michigan State University, it is not known that the star tick, which is one of the most common ticks in the state, transmits Lyme borreliosis.

Lonely starlet (Amblyomma americanum). (Photo: epantha, Getty Images / iStockphoto)

In addition to the deadly red meat allergy, however, the Lone Star tick has a painful bite and can spread to other diseases such as tick paralysis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and tularemia.

However, one of the biggest health concerns associated with ticks is Lyme disease .

These cases are spreading as the black-legged tick, also known as the stag's cross, migrates and multiplies throughout the country.

In 1998, the black-legged ticks were firmly anchored in only five counties with reports in other countries, but by 2016, it had established itself in 25 counties and outdated the shores of Lake Michigan from Charlevoix to St. Joseph.

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Black-legged ticks have been steadily moving in Michigan. (Photo: Martha Thierry, Detroit Free Press)

Scientists predict that the number of people suffering from Lyme disease, spread by infected ticks, could affect nearly 2 million people next year , This emerges from a study published in the journal . BMC Public Health.

The number of reported cases is currently around 400,000 per year, although this may be too low.

And researchers say, even if they are treated, Lyme disease symptoms may be lingering as what is termed after the treatment of Lyme disease or after the treatment of Lyme disease, resulting from fatigue, pain and cognitive dysfunction is characterized.

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Preventing tick bites

For protection against tick bites, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts recommend wearing bright, protective clothing – such as hats, long pants and long sleeves – and using insect repellents like DEET and Picaridin.

Light colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot.

Permethrin, an insecticide, kills ticks on contact, but should not be applied directly to the skin. Boots, clothing and camping equipment can be treated with permethrin, which undergoes several washes.

For babies younger than two months, no repellents should be used.

If you hike, stay on well maintained paths and avoid contact with overgrown grass, brushes and fallen leaves.

After finding yourself outdoors, look for ticks on your clothing and skin. Ticks can crawl into body slits such as the armpits, navels, behind the knees and hide in the hair, where they are hard to find, without looking carefully.

Check your dogs and other pets.

A shower It may also help to flush away ticks that are not on the skin.

Clothes can be thrown into the dryer on high heat to kill all ticks.

If you find a tick, you can best remove it using tweezers. Touch it as close as possible to the skin. Pull up with even pressure. Do not turn it or shake your head. They do not want it to break off and stay in the skin.

Then clean the area with alcohol, iodine or water and soap.

Never crush a tick. Instead, dip it in alcohol, put it in a sealed container, or wrap it in tape and rinse it in the toilet.

Experts say if you are ill and have recently had a tick on your skin or were in an area where they were located. Maybe it has ticks, it is important to see a doctor and inform the doctor so that they can Illness can be accurately diagnosed.

Taylor, who published the Onekama warning, said he would rather talk about his hometown's outdoor activities. The community – both a village and a township – gets its name from an Indian word meaning "singing water".

Unfortunately, even in a natural paradise, people have to look for pests like ticks.

Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or fwitsil@freepress.com. Keith Matheny contributed to this report.

Tick Labeling

If you find a tick that eats on a person or an animal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services may try to identify it Do it with a free program that lets you send photos of back and bottom on a clear or bright surface to MDHHS-Bugs@michigan.gov. In addition, the state wants to know when and where the tick was found, whether it is alive and whether it was tied to a person or an animal.

A more final identifier can be created by submitting a tick kit is available at your local health department. The check mark is sent in a vial to the MDHHS in the EZID section 333 S. Grand Ave., 3rd floor, Lansing, MI 48909.

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