What do I do if I get a tick bite at work?

If a tick is still attached it is important to remove the entire tick to avoid infection. A tool, such as tweezers, should be used to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Place the tick in a closable bag or container and keep it for testing, if necessary. After removing the tick the area should be cleaned with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Infected ticks can transmit various diseases to humans. If you believe you have contracted a disease from a tick bite it is recommended that you seek medical attention and contact the Workers’ Compensation department within Human Resources at 703-993-2600. Individuals should avoid tick bites by using repellent and wearing clothes that cover the skin when working outdoors. Additionally, it is important to check skin and clothes for ticks after working outdoors. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/.

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