Increased outdoor activity means exposure to ticks

Increased outdoor activity means exposure to ticks

For Farm & Ranch Guide – Farmers, ranchers and their family members will now be spending more time outdoors with the advent of spring weather. But leaving the safety of indoors, means exposure to ticks, which according to NDSU Extension entomologist, Janet Knodel, is a subject everyone who goes outside needs to be concerned about.

Lyme disease

“We have seen an increase in Lyme disease and you can now pick up Rocky Mountain spotted fever, out west mainly,” Knodel said. “Ticks do vector these diseases, and we are always concerned about that.”

Data from the North Dakota Department of Health indicates the growing Lyme disease problem in the state. In 2004, there were no reported cases of Lyme disease in the state, however, since then the number of cases has increased, and in 2017, 56 cases were reported, the highest on record.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease, and if not treated, serious health problems can occur. Lyme disease can cause circular reddish rash around the tick bite. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, muscles and/or joint pain. If not treated, more serious health problems can occur, such as meningitis, paralysis of facial muscles or heart problems, and swelling and pain in the large joints. Continue reading here –

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