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Early Detection Helps Avoid Tick-Borne Diseases

NORTHWEST MISSOURI — Ticks in Missouri can carry several diseases, including ehrlichiosis, tularemia, anaplasmosis, southern tick-associated rash illness, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme or Lyme-like disease. Left untreated, these diseases can be fatal. Even with timely medical treatment, they can cause long-term problems that include persistent pain, fatigue, impaired mental function, and unexplained numbness. Protective clothing is the first line of defense against┬áticks. When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts,

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