Delaware General Health District says a person in Lewis Center recently contracted Lyme Disease.
The disease is passed to humans by an infected blacklegged tick. Most ticks are active only during May through July, but blacklegged ticks are active year round.
Here are some tips from the Delaware General Health District to keep you family safe:
- Avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter and walk in the center of trails when hiking.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make the ticks easier to spot. Tuck pants into your socks.
- Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. Parents should apply repellent to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends products with up to 30 percent DEET for kids, but be sure to follow the label instructions for use.
- Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents or look for clothing pre-treated with permethrin. Again be sure to follow the label.
- Shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find crawling ticks before they bite you.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon returning from tick-infested areas. Parents should help children check thoroughly for ticks.
- If you find a tick attached to your skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp it near the skin and pull steadily until it is removed. Never use a lighted match or other means to remove a tick.
- Wash the bite site with soap and water. If a rash develops, see your doctor immediately.
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