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Info provided by Dr. James Wright
ALVMA Public Health Committee

With Zika virus getting all the attention, everyone is thinking about mosquitoes, but we need not forget the importance of preventing tick bites and tick-borne disease. The new CDC resource below is excellent for preventive approaches for the important tick-borne zoonotic diseases in the state and for great pictures of the ticks. I also have attached a flier on tick-bite prevention that the Public Health Committee sent out last year.

Diagnosis and Management of Tickborne Rickettsial Diseases: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Other Spotted Fever Group Rickettsioses, Ehrlichioses, and Anaplasmosis — United StatesA Practical Guide for Health Care and Public Health Professionals

Holly M. Biggs, MD; Casey Barton Behravesh, DVM, DrPH; Kristy K. Bradley, DVM; et al.
MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65:1–44

This report updates the 2006 CDC recommendations on the diagnosis and management of tick-borne rickettsial diseases in the United States and includes information on the practical aspects of epidemiology, clinical assessment, treatment, laboratory diagnosis, and prevention of tick-borne rickettsial diseases.

Click here for the tick-borne disease prevention poster.  


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