With the uptick, no pun intended, in new infections of tick borne disease infections in humans, experts are recommending you check you and your family members immediately after coming in from the outdoors. Usually during this time, ticks are small for the most part and not entirely easy to see. For this reason, it’s important to give yourself and family member, especially children, a thorough examination every time they come in from the outdoors. Tick diseases here in Hingham, Weymouth, Canton and Cohasset are not decreasing in cases, instead, they are jumping upwards exponentially.
Most people in our area automatically assume Lyme disease is the culprit when they hear tick born illness. While that’s absolutely true, there are other debilitating disease being passed from ticks to humans. These include babesiosis and Human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Both have similar symptoms to Lyme disease, such as: fever, fatigue and chills. To read further on babesiosis and anaplasmosis, click the link here.
According to a recent article by the Boston Globe, "According to the Mass. Department of Public Health, reported cases of babesiosis have gone from 51 in 2008 to 445 in 2015. In 2014 — the most recent year for which data is available — there were 3,646 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There also has been an increase of human granulocytic anaplasmosis, another tick-borne illness that can cause fever, headache, and muscle pain. Cases in Massachusetts increased from 41 in 2008 to 763 in 2015, according to state data." While all of the diseases can lead to long-term, chronic symptoms and in rare cases can prove fatal, the vast majority can be treated with the patient making a full recovery.
While you should take every precautionary measure to keep you and your loved ones safe from ticks, ensuring the environment in which you and your children spend most of their time is tick-free should be at the top of the list. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can ensure your yard isn’t infested with ticks.
To find out how to rid your yard of ticks today, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at [email protected] or click the Alert the Squad button at the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!