Ticks in our area can carry and transmit many diseases, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan, Rickettsiae, Tularemia, and Lyme Disease.
Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria that is carried by ticks and transmitted to humans by tick bites. This infection can cause a variety of symptoms, and if left untreated, can be severe. Lyme disease is spread to people by the bite of an infected tick and is not spread from person to person. Symptoms may include a rash that looks like a bulls-eye, tiredness, fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, and joint pain. If left untreated, infected persons may develop arthritis, nervous system problems, and heart problems. If treated early, antibiotic therapy is generally effective.
Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April through September). To enjoy a tick-free summer, make preventing tick bites part of your plans before gardening, camping, hiking, or just playing outdoors by following the CDC’S guidelines on preventing tick bites and Lyme disease.
To prevent tick bites: avoid wooded areas with dense shrubs and leaf litter, wear protective clothing, use insect repellents, perform tick checks after coming in doors, and keep shrubs trimmed and lawns mowed.
If you find a tick on yourself, a loved one, or a pet, remove the tick using an approved method (see NJDOH recommendation below) and contact your physician or veterinarian.