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Lyme disease is the
most frequently diagnosed tickborne illness in the US.In the Philadelphia area, it’s estimated that
almost 40% of ticks are
positive for Lyme disease, and statewide the rate is ~47%.But Lyme is not the only infection
carried by ticks.Cases of babesiosis,
anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) are also reported
every year.In fact, in Philadelphia over 10% of ticks harbor more than one
pathogen though this rate varies across the country.This means that people may need to be tested
for multiple illnesses if tickborne transmission is suspected.
What can you do to
• Avoid ticks by
walking in the center of trails and staying away from wooded or brushy areas
with high grass and leaf litter.
• Wear insect repellent that contains DEET (≥20%) or an
EPA-approved natural repellent and reapply as directed. Wearing clothing and
gear that has been treated with permethrin will also help repel ticks.
• Conduct a full-body
tick check and shower within two hours of returning indoors. Remove
attached ticks with fine-tipped tweezers.
• Place clothes in a dryer on high heat for 5-10 minutes to
• Check pets for ticks daily, especially after spending time
outdoors, and use tick repellent products.