What are your favorite outdoor activities? Protect yourself during outdoor activities
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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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