Health Expert Gives Tips to Prevent Tick-borne Illnesses

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--Spring and summer weather may be perfect for outdoor activities. However, warmer temperatures may also bring more ticks to the area.

Some types of ticks live in forests, therefore if you are visiting one, you should follow the following procedures to avoid tick-borne diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health in Virginia, you should wear a repellent with 20 percent or more DEET and tuck your pants in your socks.

When you arrive home, you should do a full-body tick check using a mirror and check for ticks on pets and gear. You should also shower as soon as possible and remove clothes immediately and put them in the dryer.

State Public Health Entomologist David Gaines said people should be alert of the consequences of tick bites.

"They have to be a aware because ticks transmit diseases and some of those diseases can be fatal or cause long term problems," said Gaines.

Tick bites can cause lyme disease, which can cause body aches and joint pain. Tick bites can also lead to some bacterial and viral diseases.

Tick season usually runs through July.

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