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You're on a safari camping trip in the bush Limpopo South Africa. You find a tick lodged between your toes. What do you do now?

"Don't freak out use some savlon, paraffin, diesel on cotton wool to remove the tick or a tweezer. The tick's head, which it cements right into the skin to feed on blood, might get left behind and cause an infection – or even worse, lead to tick bite fever. Still, it's important to remove the tick as soon as possible. Ideally use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. If you don't have tweezers, wear a glove or use something like a tissue so your fingers don't come into contact with the tick, as fluids infected with the rickettsia bacteria, (the bacteria that cause tick bite fever) might be released when you pull the tick off.

International travellers do not have to worry; here are a few things to keep in mind when going on a safari trip or outdoors:

  • Wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to minimize skin exposure while on a game walk.
  • When on a walking safari, wear gaiters to cover the exposed skin between your shoe and trouser leg this will prevent the ticks to get in.
  • Applying insect repellent on your clothes and exposed body parts will make you less appealing to ticks.
  • Inspect your whole body for ticks after spending time on a walking safari as ticks are particularly fond of warm, dark hiding places.
  • Parents should inspect their children for ticks at bath time as children are more prone to develop complications from tick bite fever.
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