Lyme-carrying tick found at Port Burwell

Desiree Burns
June 10, 2018

Seek medical attention immediately if you have had a tick bite and are experiencing symptoms or have been in an area known for Lyme disease. Information on ticks and tick bite prevention will be offered to all interested Tri-Town residents.

Transmission season for Lyme disease in MI typically occurs from May through August, with a peak in June.

Although it can be treated, Caudle says taking preventative measures like covering up and using bug spray are your best bet at keeping ticks and Lyme disease away. Two of these cases were likely exposed within the county. It is also suggested that people tuck the legs of their trousers into their socks.

And a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows diseases related to tick bites, like Lyme disease, are rising. They can hide under the armpits, behind the knees, in the hair, and the groin. Do not twist the tick.

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Ticks are tiny creatures and their bites are usually painless, meaning you may not even know if you have been bitten. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill any ticks you missed on your gear. Or, stop by either of the Washtenaw County Health Department's locations (705 N Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, or 555 Towner Street, Ypsilanti) for a free kit to mail your tick to the lab. Michigan's five most common ticks can be seen here. Plymouth County's entomologist and tick expert, Blake Dinius, will be available to answer resident's questions. Thomas Public Health, said the bacteria was found in a black-legged tick collected from the Port Burwell area.

Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash at the site of the tick bite that may look like a bull's eye or target. "We have really great antibiotic treatments to treat Lyme disease and most people who undergo treatment do very, very well".

"But late stage changes people can actually get joint pains, joint swelling [and] they can actually have. nerve issues or heart problems as a result", said Caudle. Infections are diagnosed based on symptoms and the possibility of contact with infected ticks.

Amid reports Lyme disease is on the rise nationally, public health officials are pushing an awareness campaign to keep Rhode Islanders safe while they're enjoying the outdoors.

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