The Wyoming Department of Health says that taking a few simple steps to avoid ticks while outdoors this spring and summer can go a long ways in prevention of becoming ill with a tick-borne disease.
Avoiding grassy areas where ticks are most prevalent is the best way to avoid them; however, most people who recreate in Wyoming will find this hard to achieve.
Epidemiologist Emily Thorp with the Department of Health says that there are some preventive measures that you can take if you are partaking in outdoor activities where ticks are present.
Diseases often transmitted by infected ticks in Wyoming include Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Colorado Tick Fever.
In 2010, there were three cases of Tularemia reported to the Wyoming Department of Health. One of those cases resulted in a fatality.
There were no reported cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever last year in Wyoming, and only one case of Colorado Tick Fever.