Be Cautious - Tick Season Is Here

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Story Updated: May 29, 2014

Whether you are working outdoors or hiking in the woods, watch out for ticks.

"They crawl. People think that they jump, but they don't," said Lorraine Kourofsky, interim director at St. Lawrence County Public Health.

Ticks may be small but they can cause chronic health conditions including Lyme disease.

As temperatures rise and more outdoor activity begins, ticks start looking to attach themselves to humans or pets for a
tasty meal.

Public Health officials say this is "high-risk" tick season and there are some serious health consequences from tick-borne diseases.

There are nearly two dozen confirmed cases of Lyme disease already and that number is expected to grow.

"The best thing that people can do is to prevent tick bites by wearing long sleeves and making sure that their pants are tucked into their shoes if they're outside," said Kourofsky.

Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, which has symptoms including a rash, headache, fever and fatigue.

If left untreated, it can cause other health issues.

Canton physician Dr. Gregory Healey has already seen several patients with feeding ticks.

"If you get the tick off within 24 hours of it attaching to you, there's very, very little chance that it can transmit any disease," said Dr. Healey.

Health officials say precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of tick bites and disease including:

- wearing a repellent
- do thorough tick checks
- shower after being outdoors
- call doctor if you have a rash or fever

Ticks can often can be removed with tweezers.

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Joy Baker said on Thursday, Jun 5 at 1:41 AM

Crystal or anyone else who has lyme disease look into green black walnut hull, detoxing and dr hulda clark about the zapper. also essential oils, dandelion root, milk thistle, fenugreek oil and a whole bunch of other things healing lyme disease naturally. I hope you get well soon,

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Crystal Simmons said on Saturday, May 31 at 9:55 AM

I hope that people follow the advice of preventing tick bites. Ticks are not a joke! I was bitten last May and developed Lyme disease. The health problems continue and I hope to one day not feel like I am 80 rather than 42. Protect yourself!

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