Hikers in Placer County are being warned about the discovery of Lyme disease. Joel Buettner the general manager for the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District says ticks infected with the disease have been found in five popular hiking areas and eight tick samples have tested positive for the disease. With The milder winter weather, a lot of people are taking the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities, such as hiking in tick habitat, and potentially putting themselves at risk for tick-borne disease,. The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District recommends people who may be working or recreating in tick habitat to exercise caution and implement the following tick-borne prevention strategies:
“Light colored long pants and long sleeves; light colors so you can see the ticks crawling around and you can get them off. We recommend tucking in your socks to keep them from crawling up your leg. Use repellant such as Deet. Ticks tend to hang out on the tips of vegetation and on the sides of trails, so if you can stay to the middle of the trail, that sometimes will help keep you from getting ticks on you.”
Parents should examine their children, especially on the scalp, hairline and skin folds. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart and the nervous system.