How to Protect Yourself from Tularemia

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Prevention

There are several ways of preventing tularemia infections. The personal protection measures listed below will help lower exposure to ticks that could be infected with tularemia.

  1.  Stay on trails
    • Ticks are found in grassy, brushy areas and on the brush that line trails.
  2. Dress correctly when outdoors
    • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
    • Tuck pant legs into socks
    • Wear light-colored clothing to easily see ticks if they are crawling on you
  3. Use insect repellent
    • Use repellents containing DEET or Picaridin            
    • Apply repellent to clothing and exposed skin; follow the repellent directions carefully
  4. Check yourself for ticks 
    • After you are in a tick infested area, examine yourself and your companions for ticks and remove them right away
    • Tick nymphs may be very small, about the size of a poppy seed
  5. Avoid contact with wild animals
    • Tularemia can be spread through contact with wild rabbits and rodents

CDC Information on Prevention

For More Information On Tularemia
Or Other Vector-Borne Diseases Contact:
(858) 694-2888  
vector@sdcounty.ca.gov