Rosemary Ferraro R.N., B.S.N., Nursing
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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.
Ticks can be brought to Portage County Health
Department for us to send them to the Ohio Department of Health
Laboratory for Identification and testing. Only live ticks can be
tested to see if it carries the spirochete bacterium which causes
If you have a tick and want it tested please call Portage County
Health Department Nurses at 330-296-9919 and they will give you
Keep the tick alive. Place if in a pill bottle or film
canister. Only live ticks can be tested. It is important to
include a small-moistened piece of paper towel or napkin (one drop
of water to wet the item is sufficient) place in the container with
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.
Additional information available at:
www.cdc.gov. (Type “tick” into the search bar).
449 S. Meridian St., 3rd Floor, Portage
County Admin. Bldg.
Ravenna, Ohio 44266
Ph: 330-296-9919 Fax:
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