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Insect-borne Disease

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Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other disease carrying insects

Examples

  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
  • West Nile Virus (WNv)

How can I get sick?

  • You get bitten by an infected tick, flea or mosquito

How bad can it get?

  • Symptoms can range from mild illness to hospitalization or death

How can I protect myself?

  • Prevent tick bites
    • Walk on cleared trails
    • Wear a hat, long sleeves and pants, and light-colored clothing
    • Tuck pant legs into socks or boots
    • Use insect repellents (with DEET) on clothing and exposed skin
    • Inspect clothes, skin and pets for ticks
    • Remove the whole tick by grasping as close to the tick’s head as possible
    • Slowly pull tick straight out
    • Try not to squeeze the tick as you remove it
    • Keep the tick, show it to your doctor
  • Prevent MOSQUITO bites
    • Wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing
    • Use insect repellents (with DEET) – NOTE: DEET may not be safe for infants and children

Not feeling well?

  • Initial symptoms may be mild and include the following:
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Muscle pains
    • Fatigue
    • Chills
    • Sweats
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Rash
  • More serious conditions can develop, and include the sudden onset of:
    • Chest pain
    • Muscle pain
    • Stomach pain
    • Loss of appetite and/or weight
  • Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms up to two months after exposure to ticks, fleas or mosquitoes