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WA State Dept. of Health Wants to Know if You Find Ticks

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WA State Dept. of Health Wants to Know if You Find Ticks WA State Dept. of Health Wants to Know if You Find Ticks
OLYMPIA - With this warmer weather ticks are already starting to wake up from their winter hibernation.  The State Department of Health is now asking for people out on a hike or walking their dog to take a new online survey to learn more about the diseases ticks can spread, and the potential risks to humans and dogs.
   The species of tick that carries lyme disease is usually found along the eastern slopes of the Cascades, but the DOH says a small number of cases in people are reported each year.  The most common tick in our area is the American Dog Tick.  While it is not known to spread lyme disease it can still pose a health risk.  
  The Department of Health says the best way to prevent tick bites is to wear light colors to easily spot a tick, tuck your pants, socks, and shirts in, and use a bug repellant that has Deet in it.  They also say to check your dog after a walk.   Here are the links to take the survey or to report a finding a tick. 

https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/opinio/s?s=DogTick

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/333-179.pdf


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