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27 March 2009

Getting ticked off?

Love being outdoors? Then be aware of the fact that tick bite fever is common in South Africa – especially in people who haven't built up an immunity against it.

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Love being outdoors? Then be aware of the fact that tick bite fever is common in South Africa – especially in people who haven't built up an immunity against it. Although this illness can usually be treated easily, it is best to take common-sense precautions as to prevent being bitten.

Take action:
Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, trousers tucked into your socks and a hat when you visit tick-infested areas; spray approved insect repellents on your body and clothes (ask your pharmacist for more info); don't use the repellent on the skin of children under the age of six; when hiking, stick to the centre of footpaths and avoid bushes; keep your pets free of ticks; after hiking, examine your body carefully for ticks; taking a shower and shampooing your hair will also help.

First aid for tick bites

 
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