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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Tick Season Has Arrived

Tick Awareness

Current observations suggest that Maine can expect a very active tick season this year. Residents and visitors should take precautions to prevent tick borne illness transmission. 

One major concern is Lyme disease which can be transmitted to a person through the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease include the formation of a characteristic expanding rash 3-30 days after a tick bite. The rash is reported in just over 50% of patients in Maine.  Fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, and fatigue are also common during the first several weeks. Later features of Lyme disease can include arthritis in one or more joints (often the knee), Bell's palsy and other cranial nerve palsies, meningitis, and carditis.

The Maine CDC encourages people to frequently check for ticks, use repellent, wear light-colored clothing that covers the arms and legs and tuck pants into socks when spending time outdoors. It’s also a good idea to shower as soon as returning home from places where ticks live, such as wooded and leafy habitats.

Reducing your exposure to ticks lowers your chances of getting a tickborne disease. While it is good to take preventative measures against ticks all year, you should be extra careful during warmer months when ticks are most active.

Dogs and other outdoor pets can get tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all tickborne diseases that dogs or other animals can get, and vaccines do not prevent your animals from bringing ticks into your home. It is important to do daily tick checks on humans and pets and use a tick preventative product on your cats and dogs.

More information is available at the Town of Bar Harbor Public Health webpage or by calling Michael Gurtler, Local Health Officer at: 207-288-3329.

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