Probably like you, the Children’s Center has had a heightened awareness during the 2018 spring/summer seasons for ticks and the serious tickborne diseases that they carry. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services sent out an alert recently with information about at least five infections in New Hampshire carried by the blacklegged tick. In addition to Lyme disease, they include Anaplasmosis, Babesia, Powassan virus and Borrelia miyamotoi. Where NH has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, cases of Anaplasmosis have doubled from 2016-2017, along with new cases of Babesia and the more rarely found Powassan and Borrelia miyamotoi.

Symptoms of many tickborne diseases initially present with nonspecific flu like symptoms such as headache, fever, chills, muscle and joint pains. Others can have some gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neurological symptoms. Prevention of tick bites at home should include: avoiding overgrown grass, bush, and leaf littered areas, wearing light colored clothing so ticks can be easily identified, applying insect repellent, performing daily tick checks--especially in warm places like behind the knees, behind the ears, groin and back on neck, and placing clothes worn outside in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks. If ticks are found on the body, they should be removed immediately with tweezers. Families should contact their primary care providers with any questions or concerns about tick bites or onset of any concerning symptoms. Caught early, Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics.

At the Children’s Center, our staff has been educated about ticks and the importance of tick checks. The staff has been trained to promptly remove the tick using tweezers or tick removers and then save the tick in scotch tape with the date on it. The parents are then notified with a call, as well as an incident report and are provided with the tick that was found. The Center has also had the grounds treated for ticks to reduce the quantity of ticks on the property. Moreover, with your signed permission, we also apply Deep Woods Off to protect your child.

You have our commitment to be vigilant about ticks and we encourage you to do the same in the months ahead. For more information, please visit the sites below.

Tickborne Diseases in New Hampshire (2018, May 18). Retrieved from hanovernh.org/sites/hanovernh/files/uploads/20180518_tickborne_disease_han_with_attachments.pdf

Lyme and Other Tickborne Diseases (2018). Retrieved from the NH Department of Health and Human Services: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/
Sincerely,
TERI ANN

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