Methods to Prevent Tick Bites and Lyme Disease.

TitleMethods to Prevent Tick Bites and Lyme Disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsOgden NH, Lindsay LR, Schofield SW
JournalClin Lab Med
Start Page883
Date Published12/2015
KeywordsIxodes pacificus, Ixodes scapularis, Lyme disease, Personal protection, Repellent

Current approaches for prevention of tick bites, Lyme disease, and other tick-borne diseases are described. Particular attention is paid to 4 risk-reduction strategies: (i) avoiding risk areas; (ii) personal protective measures that reduce the risk of tick bites or transmission of the agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi; (iii) reducing the number of infected ticks in the environment; and (iv) use of prophylactic antibiotic treatments following a bite to prevent clinical Lyme disease.