Tickborne Disease Resources
Ticks transmit over a dozen infectious pathogens in the United States, including Lyme disease. As people become more active in outdoors during the warmer months, reports of tick bites and tickborne diseases tend to increase. Outagamie County Public Health Division and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health investigate several tickborne infections including Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and spotted fever rickettsiosis. Lyme disease is the highest reported tickborne illness in Wisconsin, but numbers for the other conditions are increasing.
The CDC has released the following resources for educational purposes:
- Free Tickborne Diseases App for both Apple and Android devices: http://www.cdc.gov/mobile/applications/MobileFramework/tickborne-diseases.html
The app contains the same content as the Tickborne Diseases of the United States booklet, but has convenient hypertext links to papers and other websites.
- Lyme disease toolkits for communicating with parents and children are available at http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/toolkit/factsheets/10_508_Lymedisease_Parent.pdf
- Lyme disease example stories (4 different stories) relating patients' personal experience with the disease can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/treatment/Stories/index.html
- Tick resources from CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks
- Avoiding Ticks: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/index.html
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tickborne infections. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control Lyme disease.
- Tips on How to Prevent Lyme Disease: Here is a short video showing you how to prevent tick bite, how to remove ticks, and symptoms of Lyme Disease.
|This image identifies two of the ticks commonly found in Wisconsin, the blacklegged (or deer) tick and the dog (or wood) tick. In Wisconsin, the blacklegged tick can transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus infection (a rare tickborne arbovirus illness).|