Created May 2021 by Kasamira Czanik, reviewed by Claude Lebaleur
Next update May 2022
Staff at Laurel Farm Kindergarten will have tick awareness.
Ticks are blood-sucking arthropods that measure around two millimetres long before feeding. Ticks more frequently feed from late March to early June, and from August to October. However, ticks have been known to feed throughout the year. Ticks typically thrive in forests, woodlands, moorlands, and heath. Not all ticks are infected, and the risk of a disease being transmitted is considerably lowered if the ticks is removed within the first 24 hours. Diseases
|Lyme Disease||-Bull’s eye rash (erythema migrans). Red Ring-shaped rash usually spreading from site of tick bite -Flu-like symptoms||-See your local doctor for tests -Treatment involves a course of antibiotics|
|Babesiosis||-Tiredness, loss of appetite, general ill feeling Possible symptoms in more advances cases: -Fever, sweats, muscle aches, headaches, low blood pressure, liver problems, severe haemolytic anaemia, kidney failure. Symptoms can take from 1-12 months after tick bite to appear, lasting from several days to several months.||-See your local doctor for tests -Treatment involves a combination of two types of anti-parasite drugs|
|Ehrlichiosis||-Sudden high fever, tiredness, major muscle aches, severe headache, rash. Possible symptoms in more advances cases: -Low numbers of white blood cells or platelets, kidney failure. Symptoms appear around 3 to 16 days following a tick bite.||-Diagnosis testing is somewhat limited -Treatment involves a course of antibiotics|