The tick count is supposed to be higher this season and that could be an issue regarding health problems. Dr. Mark Rupp is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and says ticks carry illness like Lyme disease. Dr. Rupp says that is most common along the east coast from Maine to Virginia and in the Great Lakes region but there are several other illnesses that are a concern right here in Nebraska. Those include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis that can make a person very ill and in some cases cause death. The two other illnesses to be concerned about include Tularemia and Colorado Tick Fever.
If a tick attaches Dr. Rupp says if you catch it early you shouldn’t become ill. He says, “Some of these diseases folks are concerned about, in particular Lyme disease, really isn’t transmitted via the tick until it has bitten and fed and been engorged for somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 to 48 hours. So if you go out and you are tromping around in the woods, come back in, take a shower and inspect for ticks, that will take care of those things.”
Use extra care removing the tick. Dr. Rupp says use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. With firm and gentle pressure, pull the tick out.
Health officials recommend dressing in long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors in a wooded area. They also recommend using repellent with DEET or permethrin treated clothing.