The season of the tick has returned – time to review appropriate strategies to prevent Lyme disease and a host of other tick-borne agents. Most everyone in this part of the world knows someone who has had or is battling Lyme disease. Knowledge of how to properly identify, avoid, remove and treat the bites of ticks (despite years and years of educational efforts) is still low. Conflicting advice, old wive’s tails and urban legends still persist.
Here’s a quick True False quiz to test your knowledge;
- Research indicates that a tick must feed for at least 24 hours to transmit the disease bacterium.
- All Lyme disease victims will develop a rash within two days to four weeks.
- All states except Hawaii, Montana, and Oklahoma reported cases during 2002.
- For the most part online information about Lyme disease is accurate.
- Analysis of ticks to determine if they are
infected is important.
Answers in the continuation of this post below
From the Rutgers Cooperative Extension via the CDC; Protect Yourself from Ticks and Lyme Disease also available as a PDF file. Thorough information on the identification of ticks.
Also from the CDC this information on Lyme Disease.
Here is some information from STOP (Stop Ticks On People) via Two Heel Drive.
1. True – Some sources say 48 hours.
2. False – About 70% develop a rash.
4. False – Less than half the information found in this study was accurate.
5. False – Analysis of ticks to determine if they are
infected is not important because the predictive values of such tests
in relation to the development of human disease are unknown. American Academy of Pediatrics