Mayo Clinic reports that in the summer months, its physicians see an increase in patients being treated, and even hospitalized, for tick-borne illnesses. In the upper Midwest, 40 percent of tick bites occur in July. However, even avid fans of the great outdoors can fully enjoy all their favorite activities without fear if they take the proper steps to protect themselves.
To protect you against tick-borne diseases, the Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories have developed “The ABCs of Ticks” flash cards.
“These unique online cards explain from A to Z what a person needs to know about staying safe this summer and avoiding ticks,” says Bobbi Pritt, M.D., director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. “Each card discusses something about ticks; how to avoid them; and how to enjoy a safe, tick-free summer with your family, friends, and our furry pets.”