The good news: After a crazy winter and Spring, Summer weather has finally arrived. The bad news: Ticks, mosquitos and other bugs are waiting to feast on you.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, diseases from ticks and mosquitos are on the rise, with tick-borne disease growing from 22,527 to 48,610, between 2004 to 2016, while mosquito-borne disease jumped from 4,858 to 47,461.
Jennifer Sloan, a librarian from Waverly, Ohio, knows this all to well, after being hospitalized for two weeks last summer with ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection from a tick bite, which caused her temp to spike to 104 degrees. She also developed meningitis, had liver problems, she became septic because of an infection raging through her bloodstream and needed three blood transfusions. Jennifer was lucky because her doctors immediately asked if she had been bitten by a tick, and she knew she had. But for those who aren’t aware, symptoms of tick-borne illness can look like the flu or something else, which may cause folks to not get the right treatment.
Some people may decided to stay indoors to avoid getting bitten. There are other precautions you can take to protect yourself from such bites. First off, wearing long sleeves and long pants, with pants tucked into boots will keep ticks from being able to get you. Also, use bug repellant with DEET and definitely check your body for ticks when you come back indoors.