Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-06-06 11:55:00 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV) -As temperatures get warmer, the tick season is in full swing in central Tennessee.
They may be small, but their bites can be catastrophic.
Now that the battle with COVID-19 has been won, the CDC does not want to overlook another health threat, ticks.
Mites are very common in Tennessee. As many as 15 different species have been identified here.
With school holidays and more people going out, doctors warn that precautions need to be taken to prevent infection with tick-borne disease.
“You need to wear long sleeves and long trousers in socks to keep ticks out of your clothes,” said Dr. Kendra Moorehead. “It’s also a good idea to wear light-colored clothing to help you find the faintly parasitic mites.”
Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are the most common diseases associated with ticks, but there are several others.
Doctors warn that it’s time to check for ticks, not just yourself, but especially children and pets after they’re out.
“In the United States, there are typically less than 5,000 cases per year, and children make up about 6% of these cases, but in reality they make up about 25% of mortality,” said Sanford Health Pediatrics. Said Bobby Gorman, a nurse at.
In addition to long sleeves and trousers when hiking or camping in the woods or grasslands, be sure to add a tick repellent to your list when packing sunscreen or insect repellent.
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