Definition of Tick-borne disease
Tick-borne disease: A disease carried by or caused by a tick. The tick-borne diseases in the US include:
Anyone working in the outdoors, especially in areas with tall grasses, shrubs, low hanging branches, or leaf mold is susceptible to being bitten by a tick. Ticks do not jump, crawl, or fall onto a person. They are picked up when your clothing or hair brushes a leaf or other object they are on. Ticks are generally found within three feet of the ground. Once picked up, they will crawl until they find a likely site to feed. Often they will find a spot at the back of a knee, near the hairline, or behind the ears.
The best way to prevent tick borne diseases is not to be being bitten by a tick. There are several things you can do which will lessen your chance of being bitten.
Check for ticks and remove them properly:
Place clothing worn in tick infested areas in the dryer for at least 30 minutes in order to kill any ticks. Be sure and check pets and other animals for ticks. Use approved tick repellents or products which kill ticks. If you want to have the tick checked for disease, place the tick in a clean vial or ziplock bag with a blade of grass, then contact your State Health Department for more information.
Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013
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