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Mercy Urgent Care Is Providing Tick Removal Kits To Public

 

July 22, 2019



This summer, Mercy Urgent Care is offering free tick removal kits at each of its seven Western North Carolina locations.

Hiking season has officially begun in the mountains, and that means an uptick of tick bite (and tick-borne disease) cases across the region.

To help arm residents and visitors against these tiny-but-serious pests, Mercy will be offering one free tick removal kit per family while supplies last at each of its seven urgent care locations, including in Brevard.

Why tick removers? Removing ticks is tricky business, as these skin-burrowing insects must be removed both as quickly as possible and with extreme care.

Lurking in grassy, brushy or wooded areas – or being carried around on wild or domestic animals –ticks can carry (and infect hosts with) more than 16 diseases in the United States alone, from the serious, persistent flu-like symptoms of Lyme disease to potentially fatal infections like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, most commonly reported in North Carolina.

And that’s why early detection, removal, treatment and general awareness are so important in areas like Western North Carolina.

Recently bitten by, or suspect you’ve been bitten by a tick?

Check in at any one of Mercy Urgent Care’s Western North Carolina locations for a quick checkup, especially if you’ve felt ill or developed a fever or rash following the potential bite. 

More information about the organization and all locations can be found at the following website http://www.mercyurgentcare.org.

 
 

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