Health officials advise precautions to avoid ticks - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Health officials advise precautions to avoid ticks

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - Tick season is here and the DuPage County Health Department is advising residents to take precautions.

Ticks can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses, so it's important to avoid them. Consult a doctor if you experience a rash or illness accompanied by a fever after a tick bite. Treatment with appropriate antibiotics shouldn't be delayed.

The best way to enjoy the outdoors and avoid ticks is to stay out of shin-high grass and weeds. Walk in the center of trails so weeds don't brush against you. Check often for ticks climbing toward open skin. Wear white or light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants so the tiny ticks are easier to see. Use repellents containing DEET or permethrin (per-METH'-rin) to treat clothes.

Check pets for ticks if you let them outdoors.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • Drowned man in Lake Wappapello, identified

    Drowned man in Lake Wappapello, identified

    Monday, July 23 2018 6:01 AM EDT2018-07-23 10:01:18 GMT
    MSHP is assisting in searching for a person who did not resurface. (Source: KFVS)MSHP is assisting in searching for a person who did not resurface. (Source: KFVS)

    A search is underway for a missing swimmer at Lake Wappapello.

    A search is underway for a missing swimmer at Lake Wappapello.

  • What you need to know July 23

    What you need to know July 23

    Monday, July 23 2018 5:20 AM EDT2018-07-23 09:20:38 GMT
    We're in for a beautiful work week (Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge)We're in for a beautiful work week (Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge)
    We're in for a beautiful work week (Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge)We're in for a beautiful work week (Source: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge)

    Good morning, it is Monday, July 23. First Alert Forecast We’re going to have a pretty start to our work week. 

    Good morning, it is Monday, July 23. First Alert Forecast We’re going to have a pretty start to our work week. 

  • What you need to know July 20

    What you need to know July 20

    Monday, July 23 2018 5:19 AM EDT2018-07-23 09:19:41 GMT
    First Alert Action Day due to severe storm threat. (Source: KFVS)First Alert Action Day due to severe storm threat. (Source: KFVS)

    Today is a First Alert Action Day. Parts of the Heartland were upgraded to a moderate risk of severe weather. Lisa Michaels says the risk of storms is lower this morning, but severe storms will be likely this afternoon and evening. 

    Today is a First Alert Action Day. Parts of the Heartland were upgraded to a moderate risk of severe weather. Lisa Michaels says the risk of storms is lower this morning, but severe storms will be likely this afternoon and evening. 

Powered by Frankly