- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska health officials are warning residents to be prepared for ticks as the weather warms up.

State epidemiologist, Dr. Tom Safranek, says tick-related illnesses - including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever - can be serious. He and other health officials recommend dressing in long-sleeve shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, as well as using a DEET bug repellent or permethrin-treated clothing.

Resident should shower as soon as possible after being outdoors and conduct frequent tick checks after being outdoors. Remove any attached ticks promptly with fine-tipped tweezers.

After removing a tick, watch for signs of illness such as rash or fever in the days and weeks following the bite, and see a health care provider if these develop.

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