TheBackPacker October 2, 2012 0

Deer Ticks Yikes!

Each year thousands of would be hikers/backpackers explore the beauty of the backcountry. We go to great lengths to filter our water, carry first aid kits, and take great pics. However, one can’t say enough about the Lyme Disease caring Deer Tick.

This video by National Geographic is an excellent example of how pesky these guys can be. Our point being. Check and double check your entire body after a hike in the woods, especially where dear roam, (which is just about everywhere).

From the CDC website.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.