Do you like steaks and burgers? So watch out for ticks | 2022-06-26
You are probably familiar with Lyme disease and the fact that it is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. But have you heard of alpha-gal syndrome?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that an increasing number of reports are being made about the syndrome. Believed to be transmitted by solitary ticks, it can cause a life-threatening allergy to red meat. This is all the more reason to take ticks seriously, especially if you work outdoors.
Any tick you encounter can be infected with bacteria, parasites and viruses, warns NIOSH. Although ticks are most active in the spring, summer, and fall, they can be active year-round in some warmer areas. The agency offers tips for preventing tick bites:
- Wear light-colored clothing, including a hat, long-sleeved pants tucked into your boots, and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Apply an insect repellent containing 20-30% DEET to any exposed skin and reapply as often as needed.
- Consider using permethrin — a repellent that kills ticks on contact — on your work clothes. (Warning: permethrin can only be used on clothing, not on skin.)
- Check your clothes and skin carefully every day. Ticks are small and can be difficult to see.
- Wash your work clothes and dry them on high heat to kill any ticks present.