While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. For Wyoming, this is particularly May, June, and July. It is common to find ticks in long grasses and area with bushes when playing or participating in outside activities.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is transmitted to humans from the bite of the Rocky Mountain wood tick, American dog tick and brown dog tick. Tick bites are usually painless and as a result many people who are infected with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever do not remember being bitten by a tick.
Symptoms begin as a sudden onset of fever and headache. Symptoms also include a rash that begins 2-5 days after fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle pain, lack of appetite and red eyes.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a SERIOUS ILLNESS that can be fatal in the first eight days of symptoms if not treated correctly, even in previously healthy people.
This is no vaccine for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The only way to prevent getting the disease is to protect yourself from tick bites by using an EPA approved insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and perform thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors.
Colorado Tick Fever is transmitted to humans from the bite of infected rocky mountain wood ticks. People who live at 4,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level are most at risk for getting Colorado Tick Fever.
Symptoms of Colorado Tick Fever include past history of being bitten by a tick, fever, chills, headache, body ached and feeling tired. Some patients have a sore throat, vomiting, abdominal pain or a skin rash. Most people who become ill have mild disease and recover completely.
There is no vaccine for Colorado Tick Fever. To prevent getting Colorado Tick Fever, it is recommended to protect yourself from tick bites by using an EPA approved insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding wooded and busy areas with high grass and perform thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors.
Tularemia is transmitted to humans from the bite of a deer fly or tick or coming into contact with infected animals such as rabbits or prairie dogs.
Symptoms of Tularemia depends greatly on how the bacteria entered the body.
There is no vaccine for Tularemia. To prevent getting Tularemia, it is recommended to wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks to keep ticks and flies off of your skin. Removing ticks promptly with fine tipped tweezers and wearing gloves when handling animals especially rabbits, prairie dogs and other rodents.