There are more and more infections transmitted by ticks…
and although many of us are informed about the risk of their bite, few really know about the diseases that can be contracted from them.
Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, human Ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
How can it spread?
It can be caused by different types of bacteria through an infected tick bite, either to a human or even an animal, such as your pet at home.
Recognize the symptoms of each disease and seek help immediately.
The first symptoms begin 3 to 30 days after the bite of the infected tick and may include a rash that spreads at the bite site and flu-like symptoms.
Anaplasmosis (Human Ehrlichiosis):
Symptoms appear suddenly 7 to 14 days after the bite of the infected tick and are similar to those of the flu, such as: fever, headache, chills, muscle and joint aches, malaise, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. In some cases, a rash, cough, or confusion may also occur.
Symptoms vary depending on how the germs are transmitted and usually start 3-5 days after being bitten (may take up to 14 days). Infected people typically have a skin ulcer that is slow to heal and swollen glands (lymph nodes).
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:
An illness caused by bacteria that usually presents as a high fever with a severe headache and tiredness 2 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected dog tick. A rash that spreads to the palms of the hands and soles of the feet often appears 2 to 5 days after the onset of the fever.
Most infected people show no signs of the disease. Symptoms, when present, begin gradually between 1 and 6 weeks after the bite of the infected tick and may include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint aches, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and urination. dark. The elderly and people with weak immune systems are more likely to develop severe symptoms.
This is a group of infectious diseases caused by at least eight species of bacteria of the Rickettsia genus and which are associated with poor hygienic conditions because they are transmitted by vectors , mainly ticks .
How can I prevent the spread of these tick-borne diseases?
When you are in places with bushes, grasslands or wooded areas, be careful and follow these measures:
- Use insect repellent according to your skin type, activity to be carried out and place.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
- Wear light-colored clothing that allows ticks to be detected on clothing before they reach the skin.
- And most importantly, stay informed.
Share this information with your family and friends, prevent the spread of these diseases and their complications.