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Department: Division of Health

Tick Talk - Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

Release Date: May 31, 2018
Many ticks carry disease, so do what you can to keep ticks from taking a bite out of you.

Tick Talk
Block Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

When warm weather arrives, you might get the urge to walk barefoot through the grass. But before you stroll through your lawn or head out on a hiking trail, you'll want to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks that often lurk in tall grass, thick brush, and wooded areas. Many ticks carry disease, so do what you can to keep ticks from taking a bite out of you.

More information on tickborne diseases from
the National Institutes of Health external link
the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention external link
the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division external link
the New Jersey Department of Health external link

Babesiosis

Babesiosis is a rare, parasitic infectious disease mainly transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. Primarily a disease in animals, babesiosis in rare cases can infect humans via a tick bite, transmission during a transfusion of blood products, or from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery.

Lyme Disease

The State of New Jersey continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country. The disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected deer (black legged) tick.

Powassan

Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks. There is no specific treatment, but people with severe POW virus illnesses often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain. Powassan FAQ.