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A Ticking Timebomb In The Countryside

You should be aware that Tick numbers are on the increase, as are cases of Lymes disease from their bites. Ticks are active from March to October in rural locations. They are second only to mosquitoes for carrying disease to humans. People most at risk are those participating in outdoor activities, trecking,, hiking,, climbing , cycling and camping etc. There are 800 species in the world and females lay up to 3,000 eggs at a time.

How to remove a tick

Remove as soon as possible by grasping firmly and close to your skin. Do not squeeze abdomen but in a steady motion pull the tick body away without jerking or twisting and making sure you get the head out. Save in a container in case you later develop symptoms.

Keep the Blighters at bay

Use insect repellent that’s effective against ticks and avoid shorts in rural and wooded areas Tuck trousers into socks and cover all exposed skin. Drawstring and elasticated wrists help prevent them getting inside your clothing. Inspect your skin regularly and get a companion to be your tick-buddy to check areas you can’t see!!! Avoid unpasteurised milk which can carry tick borne encephalitis in endemic regions.

Some infected people show no symptoms, however first signs are pink or red spots with a small scab at site of bite. A red rash can appear within 3 -30 days and expand steadily forming a “bullseye” rash, other symptoms are headaches, tiredness, joint pain and flu like symptoms and could need a course of antibiotics

M.J.