Be Cautious - Tick Season Is Here

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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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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