Your Family's Safety

Camps, Day Care, Schools, Scouts

Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne illness in the United States and is on the rise. In some areas of the United States, as many as 40-70% of blacklegged ticks are infected with the Borellia burgdorferi bacteria. While Lyme disease is endemic in the Northeast and Upper Midwest states, other tick borne diseases, including Babesia, Ehrlicheosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis are also prevalent in these and other parts of the United States.

Summer Camps/Scout Leaders: By nature of their rural and often wooded locations, many summer camps and scouting venues support prime tick habitat. By utilizing a combination of education and awareness, landscape modifications, personal protection strategies-including the use of repellents and multiple daily tick checks, proper tick removal and prompt identification and submission, youngsters and staff attending summer camps and scouting activities can significantly reduce their chances of contracting tick-borne illnesses. By utilizing a reporting protocol to inform camp leaders, nurses and parents of tick removal, camp leadership can be proactive, not reactive.

Day Care Providers/Schools: It is estimated that nearly 75% of all Lyme disease cases are contracted within 100 feet of the home (Source: Connecticut Department of Agriculture). If children are engaged in outdoor activities during recess or break times in proximity to tick habitat-wooded edges, tall grass, leaf litter, a thorough tick check should be performed immediately after all outdoor activities. In addition, don't discount the possibility that a child may have come to school with a tick already attached. If possible, allow the school nurse or adult in charge to identify, remove and secure the tick for possible submission to a local physician or testing service.

Educational Strategies: