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Get Ready for Tick Bites: An Infographic to Post on Your Wall

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 29, 2019

Editorial Collaboration

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Serious disease caused by ticks has tripled over the past 10-15 years, and the affected regions of the nation are ever-expanding. Climate change makes it likely that patterns of vector-borne disease will continue to morph.[1] So if you haven't yet seen Lyme disease in your community, you probably will.

Summer is the peak season for these infections. For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding surveillance efforts by states to get a better handle on the true scope of tick-borne disease.

As part of this effort, CDC has created this infographic to remind healthcare providers of the steps to take if a patient presents with a tick attached to the skin. The cheat sheet covers important points such as safe tick removal and Lyme disease prophylaxis.

Post it on your wall so it's always handy when you need it.

Tick Guidance for Clinicians

And here's a handout that tells patients how to remove a tick and when to see a healthcare provider after a tick bite.

Tick Bite: What to Do

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