Maine CDC provides recommendation on find out how to keep away from tick bites this fall – Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald
AUGUSTA — The Maine Middle for Illness Management and Prevention urges Maine folks and guests to take precautions in opposition to tick bites this fall.
Maine experiences elevated grownup deer tick exercise in late September via November. Deer ticks are generally present in wooded, leafy, and shrubby areas, which can embrace areas across the yard.
Deer ticks can carry germs that trigger tickborne illnesses. In Maine, these embrace Lyme illness, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, exhausting tick relapsing fever (Borrelia miyamotoi), and Powassan virus. These germs unfold via the chunk of an contaminated deer tick. To date in 2022, Maine CDC has recorded:
1,977 circumstances of Lyme illness
677 circumstances of anaplasmosis
161 circumstances of babesiosis
10 circumstances of exhausting tick relapsing fever, which the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention previously recognized as B. miyamotoi or B miyamotoi illness
4 circumstances of Powassan encephalitis
This can be a report excessive for Powassan encephalitis circumstances. Maine can be on observe to interrupt information for anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Lyme illness circumstances this 12 months.
Probably the most generally reported symptom of Lyme illness in Maine is a “bull’s-eye” rash. Different frequent signs of tickborne illness embrace physique aches, chills, fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes. Should you expertise any of those signs, speak to a well being care supplier. Point out any latest tick publicity.
Take steps to restrict publicity to ticks and tickborne illnesses:
- Know when you find yourself in tick habitat and use warning.
- Use an EPA-approved repellent like DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Put on light-colored clothes that covers the legs and arms and tuck pants into socks.
- Carry out tick checks every day and after any outside exercise.
Go to maine.gov/dhhs/vectorborne for details about tickborne illnesses.
Go to maine.gov/dhhs/tickfaq for often requested questions on ticks.
Go to ticks.umaine.edu for extra details about tick identification and testing via the College of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab.