TICKS / LYME DISEASE
And other tick-borne diseases
Lyme disease can be a chronic and debilitating disease. The Medfield Board of Health and the Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee has determined Lyme disease to be a health threat to the residents of Medfield. Please review the following information.
Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are transmitted to humans by tick bites. As the warm weather approaches and we spend more time outside, our chance of becoming host to a tick increases significantly. If at all possible, use repellents according to the instructions on the Lyme disease Fact Sheet issued by the MA. Dept. of Public Health. In any case, it is essential that you perform a daily tick check on your children, yourself and your pets after having spent any time outside. If you find circumferential redness (bull’s eye) around a known or highly probable site of a tick bite seek medical attention. Lyme disease can be treated successfully if diagnosed in a timely manner.
For answers to all your questions about Lyme disease, please go to www.mass.gov/dph
And click on “Public Health Fact Sheet” –right side of link and download the LYME DISEASE FACT SHEET.
You do not have to be walking in the woods to be bitten by a tick. Please try to reduce the number of ticks around your home by taking the following steps:
- Create a three-foot wide woodchip, mulch or gravel barrier where your lawn meets the woods. Ticks are less likely to survive crossing the barrier into the lawn because they are prone to drying out.
- Remove leaf letter and brush from around your home, keep your grass cut short.
- Prune low lying bushes and keep the plants around stone walls cut short.
- Keep woodpiles and bird feeders off the ground and away from your home.
Please use the Tick Card and the Fact Sheet for guidance and do not hesitate to seek medical advice when in doubt.