With summer around the corner, expect California's beaches to be packed. But there's a new threat to be aware of -- Lyme-disease-carrying ticks.
Are you surprised ticks are being found at California beaches? Ecologist @dan_salkeld says it remains somewhat of a mystery how these ticks survive, feed and breed in coastal areas.
Researchers are investigating the California tick spread to see if there is an upswing in Lyme disease — a potentially debilitating tick-borne infection.
Roughly 476,000 people contract Lyme disease every year, according to @CDCgov. Still, California has a far lower incidence of disease-carrying ticks than other parts of the country. In the East Coast up to half of all ticks can be carriers. latimes.com/california/sto…
Should Southern Californians be concerned? “Ticks aren’t going to be in the sand,” says Dr. @StrickerMD. But be cautious on the walk to the beach where you could encounter the Western black-legged tick in wooded or grassy areas.
Tips for hiking in those areas:
❌ Hike in overgrown brushy areas
✅ Wear 👖 and a long-sleeve shirt, preferably light-colored.
✅ Insect repellent with 10% to 35% DEET.
✅ remove ticks your skin right away.
✅ Check your pets for ticks.
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