Epidemiologists warn about ticks wakeup in Almaty

13 апреля 2012, 14:00
Ticks. ©RIA Novosti
Ticks. ©RIA Novosti
State Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision Department have warned Almaty city and Almaty oblast citizens about ixodic ticks wakeup, Tengrinews.kz reports. About 70 cases of ticks' bites were registered since the beginning of 2012.

“The ticks inhabit Aksay gorge, Karasay, Talgar regions and also Medeu, Butakovka and Remizovka regions (these are the mountainous areas surrounding Almaty city). There is a risk of ticks' bites in the city as well, but his risk is low,” Alina Abirova, Sanitary and Epidemiological Supervision on Parasitic Diseases Department head, said. “The peak seasons of their activity are March-May and June-July periods. We antiseptize the city during these periods. This year's area that is subject to the antiseptizing makes up 1.5 thousand hectares,” Abirova said.

Sanitary doctors recommend tourists who hike in the mountains surrounding Almaty city to take precautions. Ticks live in grass and can climb to up to one meter heights. They attack aggressively, epidemiologists say. Tourists should have a first-aid kit when going to the mountains.

The best way to remove a tick is mechanically. To facilitate prompt removal, fine-tipped tweezers can be used to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and detach it by applying a steady upward force without crushing, jerking or twisting, in such a way as to avoid leaving behind mouthparts or provoking regurgitation of infective fluids into the wound. It is important to disinfect the bite area thoroughly after removal of the tick. After removal of the tick it is best to store it and, in case of signs or symptoms of a subsequent infection, show it to a clinician for identification purposes.

However if you have no proper instruments to remove the tick without leaving the tick's head and mouthparts in the wound it is best not to make the attempts yourself and turn to a doctor instead. Because if the tick's head and mouthparts remain attached to the body after you attempts their removal may require a punch biopsy.

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