Now that warm weather has arrived, the Chester County Health Department encourages residents to take action to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick. While there is no Lyme disease vaccine available for humans, residents can reduce their risk through personal protection and simple landscaping techniques.
During the spring, summer and fall months, consider the following actions:
The Chester County Health Department also recommends that residents consider the following actions to reduce tick populations:
If you find a tick attached to your skin, remove it with tweezers or a tick lifter and call your doctor. Be alert for early symptoms of Lyme disease, which may include a rash, severe fatigue, high fever, swollen joints, joint pain, and headaches. Please note that symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses vary from person to person.
The Chester County Health Department does not test ticks. For more information or to request a Lyme disease prevention presentation, please contact Lindsay Smith, Public Health Educator, at 610-344-5209.