Outdoor enthusiasts urged to be aware of ticks


Last updated 3/5/2009 at Noon

SAN DIEGO — County Vector Control officials warn outdoor enthusiasts to be aware of ticks while enjoying activities in local parks and open spaces. Ticks are common in San Diego from November through April.

“Ticks can carry Lyme disease, tularemia or other diseases,” said Wilma Wooten, MD, County of San Diego Public Health Officer.

Symptoms of tularemia in humans include lymph node swelling, headache and fever, skin ulcer at the site of the bite, fatigue, body aches, nausea and even death in rare cases. Tularemia also can be transmitted by handling or eating infected meat or drinkin...

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