Ticks Could Turn Halloween Into Your Worst Nightmare
Halloween is on the horizon! It’s that time of year when we add a little ‘spooky’ into our lives. We decorate our houses, our yards and have some fun with costume creations. We get involved in old age traditions such as bobbing for apples and our own Jack-o-Lanterns. However, there’s one additional horror you need to be on the look out for when you’re carving your own pumpkin creation…
As families head outdoors to enjoy fall festivities, state health officials are reminding everyone that ticks are still lurking. In fact, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says tick-borne illnesses can occur year-round in North Carolina, adding that cases have been steadily increasing since 2009.
So, it’s not only the typical bloodsucking Halloween vampire you need to be on the look out for, there are are other bloodsuckers on the loose. Only this time… these ones are as real as you can get.
A California woman is warning others about ticks after having a painful pumpkin patch experience. Jennifer Velasquez, 27, had come home from a trip to a pumpkin patch when she started getting red bumps across her body. Velasquez eventually sought medical treatment and was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease spread by ticks.“I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died,” Velasquez wrote in a now viral Facebook post.
If you’re heading out to the pumpkin patch then be sure to make sure you are properly protected from ticks. Don’t let ticks turn your Halloween into your worst nightmare.