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Tick and Mosquito-borne Disease Safety

Now that the warmer weather is upon us it is important to remember that ticks and mosquitoes are starting to appear. With these come diseases such as Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus (WNV), and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  In 2013, 1802 cases of Tick Borne disease were reported to the NH Department of Health and Human Services with 1691 of these cases being Lyme disease.

 

TICK AND MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES CAN BE PREVENTED !

 

The following are some tips to help reduce the risk of tick and mosquito bites:

1.     Avoid tick and mosquito-infested areas.

2.     Wear light-colored clothing to make ticks easier to see.

3.     Wear long pants and shirts; tuck pants into socks and shirt into pants.

4.     Use an insect repellent containing >20% DEET which have been shown to be effective in repelling ticks and mosquitoes.

5.     Check every 2-3 hours of outdoor activity for ticks on clothing and skin. Promptly remove any attached ticks and clean area with alcohol or anti-bacterial soap. The longer the tick is attached the greater the risk of developing a tick borne disease.

 

How to remove a Tick:

Use tweezers to grasp the mouth parts as close to the skin where attached as possible and pull out gently but firmly so as not to crush or puncture the body of the tick. Do not use petroleum jelly, lit cigarettes or other home remedies. Contact your doctor if there are concerns about incomplete tick removal.

 

Reduce the number of ticks and mosquitoes in areas where people spend time!

1.     For ticks: Keep grass short, remove leaf litter, and create a wood chips or gravel barrier where your lawn meets the woods.

2.     For mosquitoes: Eliminate standing water and be sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens.

 

For more information contact the NH Department of Health and Human Services

At 1-800-852-3345 or www.dhhs.nh.gov .