Found in and around wooded areas or areas with tall grass, brush, or other vegetation, ticks will attach themselves to hosts, including people, and begin to feed. Tick bites have the potential to transmit diseases, but not all bites will cause illness. In fact, of the number of tick species in Illinois, only a few bite and transmit diseases to people. However, as tick-borne diseases become more common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s important to know how to protect against ticks bites, how to remove a tick, and recognize symptoms of tick-borne diseases.
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Kankakee County Health Department does NOT provide tick identification or testing services.
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