Physician to discuss tickborne illnesses

May 14, 2014 at 12:14 a.m.

Dr. Richard Leggett will discuss tickborne illnesses in the Citizens Medical Center central classroom at 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. The free presentation is open to the public, though reservations are recommended because of limited seating.

Ticks are tiny creatures that survive on blood they suck from their host animals. They live in all types of vegetation, on host animals such as common pets and in homes.

Some ticks carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever that they transfer to their hosts. The result can be serious illness with permanent side effects, even paralysis.

During his talk, Leggett will review the different types of ticks, where they are found and how to remove them safely. He will cover tick disease prevention and the signs and symptoms of tick-related illness.

Leggett's interest in tickborne illnesses began while he was studying at Schreiner University in Kerrville. At the time, he worked at the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, where he helped develop technology for eradicating ticks and blood-feeding flies of veterinary and medical importance.

The presentation is particularly important for pet owners and those who love the outdoors, according to the news release.



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