First aid: Tick bites
Some ticks transmit bacteria that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Your risk of contracting one of these diseases depends on what part of the United States you live in, how much time you spend in wooded areas and how well you protect yourself.
If you've received a tick bite:
See your doctor if you develop:
If possible, bring the tick with you to your doctor's appointment.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if you develop:
Last Updated: 2009-12-11
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