On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a reminder of tick-borne diseases that occur in summer. The IDPH advised Iowans to take protective measures against ticks while enjoying the many opportunities to be active outdoors in the season.

Because of outdoor activities, warm days and cool nights, people can suffer from Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis caused by organisms that are carried by Ticks.

Lyme disease is more frequent than other tick-borne diseases. A rash is the common sign of infection of Lyme disease that may become visible within a few days or a month, often at the site where the tick bites.

Last year, 194 cases of Lyme disease were found in Iowa and this year, already two cases have been diagnosed, according to the IDPH.

“The best way to prevent tick bites is to avoid wooded and tall grassy areas, where ticks are usually found,” said IDPH Public Health Veterinarian and Deputy State Epidemiologist, Dr. Ann Garvey.

The IDPH advised some measures that include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long, light-colored pants tucked into socks or boots and staying on trails while walking or hiking. The IDPH also suggested keeping away from high grass.



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