MISSOURI — According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, in the United States, ticks are responsible for more diseases spread to humans than any other insect, so preventing tick bites can be key in fighting off tick-borne illness. In Thursday’s KMZU Newsmaker, Bill Graham, a media specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, shared some prevention tips with KMZU’s Brian Lock. Click below to hear their conversation.

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Across Missouri, there have been at least six tick-borne diseases found in humans. Those diseases affect their hosts in a variety of different ways and there are various warning signs to look out for.

Graham said it can be easier to prevent ticks than to treat a tick bite. Protection is essential for defending against ticks. The University of Missouri Extension Office offers some advice for that defense – including tick bite prevention, prompt and proper tick removal as well as post-bite monitoring and appropriate follow up and treatment, if needed.

Signs a bite may be something more than just a bite include development of a rash in the affected area or development of a fever.

If you develop these symptoms or others, it’s probably best to make a trip to see your medical care provider.

To learn more about tick-borne disease, visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.

The University of Missouri Extension website also offers great resources about how to prevent ticks and what to look for if you may have been bitten.