While enjoying the great outdoors this summer, the DuPage County Health Department advises residents to take precautions against ticks to prevent contracting the diseases they carry, including Lyme disease.
Ticks live in and near wooded areas, tall grass and brush. If infected, ticks can transmit diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and other diseases.
A person who experiences a rash, or any unexplained illness, accompanied by a fever following a tick bite, should consult a medical professional. It’s important for people to recognize the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases so treatment with appropriate antibiotics is not delayed. If left untreated, some tick-borne diseases can cause serious illnesses and may be fatal. Read more