Beware of Disease-Carrying Ticks | Big Horn Radio Network | Wyoming

Beware of Disease-Carrying Ticks

Written by on July 11, 2017

The Wyoming Department of Health is warning residents of the dangers posed by ticks.
In Wyoming, diseases passed on by infected ticks include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Colorado tick fever. Dr. Alexia Harrist, state epidemiologist and Public Health Sciences Section chief with the Department of Health, says spring and summer months are typically the peak months for Wyoming’s tick populations.
Park County Public Health Nursing Supervisor Bill Crampton says that finding ticks quickly is key.
General recommendations to help avoid tick-related diseases include wearing light-colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks crawling on clothing; tucking pant legs into socks, applying insect repellent, and once you’ve returned from potentially tick-infested areas, search yourself, your children and your pets for ticks and remove if they are found.


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