The California Department of Public Health is concerned about ticks and you should be too. Kids are at special risk of tick bites. They are more likely to play in areas where ticks live and are less likely to notice if a tick attaches to them. City kids and adults must be aware too. The brown dog tick infests multiple types of urban environments, including well-kept yards, and is a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The California Department of Public Health offers several free publications written for kids (that are equally informative to adults). Learn about ticks, how to prevent tick bites, and what to do if bitten. Take this information with you when you vacation. Many people diagnosed with tick-born diseases were bitten in another state. Avoid being one of them!
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Prompt tick removal helps prevent disease transmission!
To properly remove a tick:
• Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to your skin as possible
• Pull the tick firmly, straight out, away from the skin (do not jerk, twist, or burn the tick)
• Wash your hands and the bite site with soap and water after the tick is removed and apply an antiseptic to the bite site
• See your doctor if you develop a rash or flu-like symptoms within 30 days after a tick bite. For more information: www.cdph.ca.gov Call: 916-552-9730 or your local health department.
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