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Prevent Tickborne Diseases


Some ticks carry pathogens that can cause human disease, including but not limited to Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Tickborne diseases can result in mild symptoms, including fever/chills, aches and pains (headache, fatigue, and muscle aches) and a rash, treatable at home to severe infections requiring hospitalization.


Preventing Tick Bites

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks

• Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.

• Walk in the center of trails.

Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin

• Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET

• Use products that contain permethrin on clothing.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body

• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors

• Conduct a full-body tick check

• Examine clothing, gear and pets.

• Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes

Click here to download Prevent Tickborne Diseases Safety Guide

Suffolk County Department of Health - Ticks