Ticks on the rise due to warm winter weather

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Researchers across the country believe due to the warmer winter we had; the number of ticks will go up this year. 

The CDC reported over the past two decades there have been seven new reported tick-borne germs that can cause disease in the U.S. and the numbers speak for themselves.

From 2016 to 2017 there were more than 10,000 new cases of the disease reported and it only takes one tick to get a disease like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease. 

“Question is whether those ticks are infected or not if the ticks are not infected, we don’t know until we catch the tick and do some type of molecular analysis,” said MD A. Motaleb, Associate professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at East Carolina University.

So, it is important to know what to look for and how to protect yourself.

First off, avoid high grasses, use insect repellent that has “deet” inside, bathe or shower as soon as you come inside, and do a full body tick check as well. 

You can also put your clothes on high heat in the dryer for about 10 minutes to kill off any remaining tick.

Now if you get bitten by a tick, there are proper and safe removal steps on the CDC’s website to follow.

The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, do not wait for it to detach.
 

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