It’s about that time, when families begin to play outdoor activities.
The downside? Having to worry about tick-borne illnesses.
Lyme disease is found in some states more than others. Bradley Tompkins, Infectious diseases Epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health, said Vermont’s numbers appear to be skyrocketing.
“We are still putting our numbers together for 2017, but it does look like it going to be the highest numbers of cases that we have recorded in Vermont,” he said.
Tompkins said people can pick up ticks in many places especially backyards and high grass areas.
If you find a tick on you, proper removal is a lot easier than it may seem.
“The best way to do it is really with just a pair of tweezers, pull it straight up, discard the tick and then wash the site of the tick bite with soap and water or maybe some alcohol,” Tompkins said.
After a tick bite, it is important to be on the look out for symptoms.
“We really encourage people to monitor their health for the next 30 days. If they get a fever, if they feel unusually fatigued or get a headache or muscle aches, we want them to go see their healthcare provider or tell them about their tick bite,” he said.
Family Physician, Lincoln Heath, said the amount of time a tick is on the body could determine the likeliness of getting the disease.
“More people come in with a concern for Lyme disease than symptoms of Lyme disease so its important to remember that the tick has to be on for usually 24-36 hours for it to transmit Lyme disease,” Dr. Heath said.
Tompkins said Vermonters will soon see a rise in ticks because of the warm weather.
“Most tick-borne diseases happen in May, June or July so we’re really just about to start entering the period of time of when these tick-born illnesses start to get transmitted,” he said.
Tompkins said if diagnosed and treated promptly, Lyme disease can be cured and people can go on to lead a normal life.
Official numbers for 2017 will come out in July.