What are your favorite outdoor activities? Protect yourself during outdoor activities
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What are your favorite outdoor activities? Protect yourself during outdoor activities

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    • Alternative Title:
      Babesiosis and outdoor activities
    • Description:
      Babesiosis prevention poster.

      What are your favorite outdoor activities?

      Outdoor activities are a great way to have fun and stay healthy, but some may put you at risk for a tick bite.

      Ticks can spread diseases, such as babesiosis, which is:

      • A flu-like illness (fever, fatigue)

      • Sometimes asymptomatic (does not cause symptoms)

      • Potentially severe and even life threatening

      • Caused by a microscopic parasite

      • Most common in the Northeast and upper Midwest

      • Most common during warmer months

      • Preventable and treatable

      Most cases of babesiosis are reported in people 60 years old and older.

      Keep enjoying your favorite activities, and follow these tips to stay safe:

      • Avoid areas where ticks are likely to be found

      • Walk or hike in the center of the trail

      • Avoid wooded or bushy trails

      • Check your entire body for ticks every day

      • Remove ticks properly and as soon as possible

      • Talk to your doctor if you feel sick in the days and weeks following a tick bite

      CDC-INFO Pub ID 221820

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