May is Lyme Awareness Month
Ticks emerge in the springtime. Some ticks, including the deer tick, can carry Lyme disease which is spread to people by the infected tick bite. The tick feeds on human blood and must actually attach to a person’s skin for about 24 hours in order to transmit Lyme disease. Beginning as early as May and throughout the summer months, several thousand Wisconsin residents will be infected with tick-borne Lyme disease each year. Prevention strategies work and protect you and family members:
Conduct tick checks after spending time outdoors. Promptly remove tick before they attach.
Wear socks, long pants, and shirt sleeves to protect your skin from tick bites.
Walk on established paths or mowed trails and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
Wear insect repellant containing 0.5% Permethrin or 20-30% Deet which repel deer ticks.
If a tick attaches itself to your skin, it can often be safely removed. See visual instructions at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tickborne/lyme/index.htm. After removal, wash the area with soap and water and then apply an antiseptic. Contact your doctor if there is any concern about an incomplete tick removal. For more information, contact the Franklin Health Department at 425-9101.
The mission of the Franklin Health Department is to protect and promote health and prevent disease and injury.
Registered nurses and a registered sanitarian are available at the Franklin Health Department for information and referral Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., at 414-425-9101. To contact public health staff after regular business hours, please call the Franklin Police Dispatch at 414-425-2522 and they will contact the Health Officer. The Health Department offers the residents of Franklin a wide range of different programs, services, and educational resources. The City of Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities.