People should avoid getting close to ticks, especially in winter, as it can carry Lyme disease.
Here are some steps to help prevent Lyme disease outbreaks and other illnesses.
(Published Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2018)Wood ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease and other infections, have been found in the U.S. since 2009 and are known to feed on mammals, birds, reptiles and even humans.
They can live for more than a decade and have a fat, long body with white fur.
In addition to eating insects, they can also bite.
But when they bite, the bite is usually painful and can lead to an infection.
If you’re a person who’s been bitten by one, the tick can transmit symptoms including fever, fatigue, headache, body aches and sore eyes and respiratory problems.
The symptoms can last up to two weeks, and people with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
If your tick bite occurs in your home, you should also avoid touching any parts of your body, including your scalp, neck, hands, feet, face and mouth.
People who are bitten by ticks should wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.
The tick will usually not be present for a few days and then will be gone.
It is important to keep your hands, clothing and shoes dry.
If you suspect you have Lyme disease, you may be eligible for testing and treatment.
If so, contact your doctor or local health department.