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Recognizing and Avoiding Tick Borne Illness

Officials with the Crawford County Health Department say this is the season for tick borne illness.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- Warm summer days mean spending time outside, and that could put you at risk of getting sick. Officials with the Crawford County Health Department say this is the season for tick-borne illnesses, but there are things you can do to stay safe.

First, make sure you wear repellent, and always check yourself for ticks after coming back inside. If you do have a tick bite, monitor the area of the bite and keep an eye on your health.

"If you are having some flu like symptoms, and you look back and say, 'yeah, a couple of weeks ago I did pick a tick off of me, I did have a tick bite,' you might want to be checking in with a doctor and letting them know you had a tick bite, and this is how you're feeling," said Janis Goekeke, Crawford County Health Department.

The most common tick-borne illnesses are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Experts say if you develop flu like symptoms after a bite, contact you doctor.
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