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Rosemary Ferraro R.N., B.S.N., Nursing Director


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Diseases transmitted by ticks

Certain diseases can be transmitted from ticks to humans. The most common disease transmitted by the tick is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete (a type of bacterium), called Borrelia burgdorferi.  Not all ticks carry the bacteria; it is transmitted by the black-legged tick also known as the deer tick. 

Lyme disease affects the skin, nervous system, heart, and joints. Lyme disease usually starts with a reddish circular rash at or near the bite site. The rash becomes larger and has a bulls-eye look. Other general symptoms are flu-like with fever, headache, fatigue, and stiff neck or joints.  Lyme disease has to be diagnosed by a physician and sometimes blood work will be ordered.

Tick Identification
Removing Ticks

If squeezed, the tick may involuntarily inject bacteria.  Never attempt to “burn off” a tick with a match.  This will cause the tick to burst and inject more bacterial into the feeding site.  It is best to avoid touching the tick.  Secretions and feces may also be infected.  Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible using fine-tipped tweezers.  If you chose to use your fingers, cover with tissue or rubber gloves.  Pull gently but firmly straight out until the tick pulls free.  Wash the bite site with soap and water and apply an antiseptic.

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