Tick Bites on the Rise this Summer

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COLUMBIA - Ticks have thrived through the warm spring, meaning more ticks have been found on individuals so far this summer than previous years, according to Dr. Will Roland, infectious disease specialist at the Harry S Truman VA Hospital.

Unfortunately, these unwanted bugs are the most prevalent during a time of the year children are spending a lot of time outdoors. Roland said there are ways parents can keep their children safe from ticks and tickbourne illnesses.

He said it is important for parents to take advantage of preventative repellent sprays. Also, when coming inside from outdoor activities, parents should do a thorough check of children's clothing and hair.

If a child does suffer a tick bite, parents should keep a close eye out for a rash or fever, he said.

Ticks can be removed from the skin with a simple tweezers.