These ticks have been found in areas of Minnesota, but humans rarely come into contact with them. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease.
And Lyme disease cases reached an all-time high of 1,464 a year ago in Maine. Compared to Lyme's disease, where it's figured that about 20% of all ticks carry it.
Aside from fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes, also check all body parts for its signature erythema migrans or EM rash, particularly hard-to-see areas, such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches.
Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
There is no vaccine or specific treatment other than providing comfort, keeping patients hydrated and in the worst cases providing supportive therapy that will allow the immune system to resolve the illness before the patient dies.
A Solon woman brought a tick that bit her granddaughter to the Board of Health Tuesday, and the tick increase was so noticeable in Strongsville, that the city posted a warning on its Facebook page. These symptoms can appear within 1-4 weeks of a tick bite.
Only a couple of cases were seen each year from the 1950s to the early 2000s, when reports of cases in Canada and the USA started to rise. While blacklegged ticks can be found outside of these blacklegged tick risk areas, the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is lower.
Some researchers are using the growing number in the New England deer population that are showing symptoms of the infection to be the indicator that the number of ticks that have picked up the pathogen has also grown. Ticks feed on the blood of animals and that includes us.
If you have a tick on your body, remove it right away and call your doctor if you get a fever, rash, muscle and joint aches.
As if Lyme disease isn't troubling enough, experts warn a more serious tick-borne disease may be emerging.
Wear long sleeve shirts and trousers if you can, always use tick repellant with Deet, and do a full body check whenever you're done outside.
The burden of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases in Manitoba continues to increase.