I received this information in an email and wanted to share! They obviously have a few misconceptions, maybe with enough ticks getting sent in, that can be changed:
Tick tally time: send ticks for identification to help track disease risk in state Department of Health asks public to send in ticks
Press Release: Washington State Department of Health
Olympia, Washingtonwww.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2014NewsReleases/14042TickNewsRelease.aspx http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2014NewsReleases/14042TickNewsRelease.aspx
March 25, 2014
OLYMPIA -- Studying ticks to better understand where various species live in Washington and whether they carry diseases is important. The state Department of Health is again asking people to send in ticks they find outdoors.
Last year, 264 ticks were sent to the agency by state residents in addition to ticks gathered by agency staff and volunteers.
"We were very pleased with the public participation last year," said Public Health Entomologist Liz Dykstra at the Department of Health. "It helps us learn the range and distribution of tick species in the state and the potential disease risk they pose. Ticks can transmit serious diseases to people, so continuing this ongoing work is very important."
Of the 346 ticks tested last year, just over 2 percent were carrying the Lyme disease bacterium, and two ticks were positive for the bacterium that causes anaplasmosis, another tick-borne illness. Dykstra urges people to send in the ticks they find this year, so the agency can continue its studies on ticks and the diseases they carry.
While the risk of getting a tick-related illness is low in Washington, exposure to ticks can happen in most parts of the state. The agency is currently testing ticks for the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Relapsing fever isn't among the tests currently being done since the ticks that carry this are already well documented.
While tick-transmitted diseases are uncommon in Washington, they can be quite serious. One bite from a disease-carrying tick can leave severe and long-lasting health problems. Initial symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, or rash. If you develop any of these symptoms after a tick bite, see your health care provider and tell them about
your tick exposure.
If you find a tick attached to your skin, don't panic. Promptly remove it by using fine-tipped tweezers and grasping the tick as close to skin surface as possible, pulling upward with steady, even pressure. Don't remove the tick with bare hands or twist or jerk the tick - this could cause mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. After the tick removal, wash your hands and clean the bite area.
Note the date you found the tick and let your health care provider know you were bitten by a tick if you become sick with a flu-like illness or rash within a month of the bite.
The best protection against these diseases is avoiding tick bites. Before heading outdoors take steps such as wearing light-colored clothing that makes it easier to see dark-colored insects; tucking your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants; checking yourself and your pets after spending time outdoors and treating your furry friends with an approved tick preventative.
Guard yourself from ticks by wearing insect repellent containing DEET or permethrin. Both are effective if used properly. DEET is applied to skin, and permethrin is applied to clothing. Carefully follow product directions.
Information on the process for submitting ticks is on the agency's webpage on ticks.
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