Find Out Where the Ticks Are in Illinois and What Species Are Confirmed in Your County
July 22, 2022
With the summer in full swing, remind patients to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting illnesses, such as Lyme disease.
The Illinois Department of Public Health works with the Illinois Natural History Survey Medical Entomology Laboratory to conduct active tick surveillance. The data is displayed on this interactive Tick Surveillance Map, which not only shows where the ticks are but also what species.
Physicians should be aware of the possible symptoms of Lyme disease, such as if a patient has a rash or any unexplained illness accompanied by fever following a tick bite. The pathogen that causes Lyme disease cannot spread to humans until the tick has been attached for at least 24 hours. Remind your patients to check for ticks immediately after being outside.
To learn more, access ISMS’ on-demand course, Lyme Disease: An Update on Evidence-Based Management and Research. Members and their staff may participate at no cost! CME is available.
If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.