Health briefs: Precautions advised during tick season   |

Health briefs: Precautions advised during tick season  

Yampa Valley Health

Northwest Colorado Health advises precautions against ticks and tick-borne diseases during spring and summer months.

Tick bites in Colorado can result in Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick-borne relapsing fever. Ticks should be removed from skin as soon as possible.

After removing a tick from a person or a pet, wash hands immediately. If illness occurs following a tick bite or exposure to ticks, seek prompt medical attention.

Ticks are commonly found in wooded or brushy areas with tall grass. They may also inhabit rustic mountain cabins where chipmunks and other rodents may have visited.

Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and do thorough tick checks after being in areas where ticks may be present.

For information on how to safely remove a tick that has settled into the skin, visit

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Crisis support lines available

A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours a day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.

They include:

• Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182

• Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888

• Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004

• Colorado's mental health crisis line: 1-844-493- 8255,

In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

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