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Tick Bites

Disease Fact File

Tick bites often result in a local reaction at the site of the bite; this can be itchy and red. People who have experienced anaphylaxis (serious reactions) should carry an adrenalin pen with them.

Ticks bites are usually uncommon amongst package tourists or those travelers staying in town or developed resorts.

Tick bites usually occur when people are traveling rurally and the tick can attach itself to clothing or skin when people brush against long grasses and bracken. The tick then travels to warm moist areas of the body to feed.

Unnecessary exposure to grasses/bracken etc should be avoided in risk areas.

Skin should be covered with trouser and overlapping socks. Insect repellents will also help minimize risk.

Ticks should be removed as soon as possible. It is best to do this with tweezers or a long fingernail. Tweezers should be hooked under the body of the tick and around the mouthparts. It is important not to squeeze the ticks’ body.

Infection resulting from tick bites is rare as ticks usually wait for 12-24 hours after attaching themselves before they will feed.


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