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Town Administrator Tom Mayo and Public Health Nurse Kathy Crowley wish to remind Hingham residents of important safety tips to avoid tick bites.
The risk of tick exposure is higher during warmer months, generally April-September, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Some ticks may carry pathogens that can cause human disease. These diseases may include Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Powassan disease and more. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S. and is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Blacklegged ticks are found widely across the eastern half of the country.
The Town of Hingham would like to share the following information from the CDC regarding ticks and the prevention of tick bites.
Before You Go Outdoors
After You Come Indoors
If you find a tick attached to your skin, remove the tick as soon as possible. Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; as it can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet.
If you get a tick bite and develop any of the following common symptoms of tick-related illnesses within a few weeks, see your healthcare provider:
Preventing Ticks in the Yard
Simple landscaping techniques can help reduce blacklegged tick populations:
Residents are reminded to take necessary precautions when outdoors this summer and to stay vigilant against any kind of bug bite. If you or a family member are concerned about a mosquito or tick bite do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.
For more information from the CDC on ticks and preventing bites, click here.