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Deer ticks can transmit lyme disease. It’s important to check yourself and your pets thoroughly after a hike. Here’s what to do.
Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

 

 

As you meander through the woods and enjoy your surroundings, you might not realize there’s a little threat that can pose big problems for both you and your pet’s health.

The blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, is a tiny arachnid the size of a pin head. Authorities say this year’s tick population is larger than normal.

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Because of their miniscule size, deer ticks can hitch a ride, called “questing,” without you ever knowing.

Their bite can transmit Lyme disease, an infection that can cause a number of symptoms, including: fatigue, chills and fever, headaches and muscle and joint pain. Left untreated, it can cause paralysis.

Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease, according to a news release from Penn State Ag Sciences.

An embedded tick needs at least 24 to 36 hours to transmit the infection. The classic bullseye rash is the sign of an infected bite. If you exhibit the rash, you should see your health care provider immediately.

Your pets are just as likely to contract the infection. There are vaccinations available to protect them from Lyme disease, but it does not…

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