Ticks are More than Just Pesky Parasites
Outdoor play can be fun for children and adults, but you may need to be more alert this summer for ticks. Parents and providers will need to keep a watchful eye for deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease. Our mild winter this year means that the ticks didn’t die off as usual.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, and officials expect that number to be higher after this summer. Living in Maryland, we need to take extra precautions because it’s one of the 14 states that accounted for 95 percent of the Lyme disease cases in 2016, according to the CDC.
Tick habitats include places where children play such as wooded areas, fields, and backyards. And while ticks are hard to spot because of their small size, you can take steps to prevent tick bites when spending time outside.
You can help families learn more about staying healthy this summer by encouraging them to talk to their pediatricians about how to prevent tick bites and what to do if they find ticks on their children.