State Representative Jim Cantwell hosted an informational forum with officials from the state Department of Public Health at Marshfield Town Hall Tuesday night, to talk about protecting oneself from mosquito and tick borne illnesses.
So far, the relatively cool summer is keeping the mosquito population and the illnesses they can carry – Eastern Equine Encephalitis or Triple E and the West Nile Virus – pretty low.
However, this could turn out to be a different story with ticks and Lyme Disease. State Public Veterinarian Dr. Catherine Brown advises people to arm themselves against both mosquitos and ticks and the diseases they carry, by using the right repellant.
“There are some repellants that are best against ticks, some that are best against mosquitos, and some that will be effective against both. My advice in Massachusetts in August is to pick one that will be effective against both.”
Dr. Brown said if you’re hanging around outdoors, you should be checking yourself over for ticks.
“After you spend the day outdoors, make sure you do a tick check, so that you can find and remove any attached ticks, promptly,” she explained.
Ticks can carry not only Lyme Disease, but also lesser known, but increasingly seen infections of Anaplasma and Babesia, and it is possible to get all three infections from just one tick bite.