Marylanders Urged To Watch Out For Tick Borne Diseases This Spring

In 2021 there were over 900 cases of tick borne diseases in Maryland.

Frederick, MD (BW)- Ticks become active and ready to feed in Maryland as soon as temperatures reach above 50 degrees.

There are many tick borne disease that can affect Marylanders such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and more.

The veterinarian for the Maryland State Department of Public Health, Doctor David Crum said a few ways to protect against ticks include using an EPA approved insect repellent, staying away from tall grass and wooded areas, showering when coming in from the outdoors, and wearing long pants and light colored clothes when around tick habitat.

Crum also suggest doing tick checks on oneself as well as kids and pets.

In 2021, there were over 900 cases of tick borne diseases in Maryland.

Crum said that these diseases can be deadly if not treated appropriately.

Some symptoms to look for include rashes, fevers, joint pain, headaches and fatigue, especially after being in tall grass or wooded areas.

The most common sign of a tick bite is a bulls-eye shaped rash that doesn’t go away.

If experiencing signs of a tick bite, Crum urges individuals to see a health professional right away.

For more information go to Maryland Department of Health’s website.