Check for Tick Bites Often While Outdoors, Illinois Officials Say – NBC Chicago

Illinois officials are prompting locals to check themselves and their kids thoroughly for ticks after hanging around in woody locations this spring.

Removing ticks with 24 hours minimizes the threat of illness. Directions for tick removal and awareness of symptoms are offered on the IDPH site.

Tick populations in your area can be kept track of on the IDPH Tick Surveillance Mapping App.

The Illinois Department of Public Health revealed that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Ticks bring Lyme and other debilitating and often fatal illnesses such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis.