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The paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, is present in and around some bushland reserves in the Willoughby LGA.
When outdoors in known tick areas:
On return from a known tick area:
Do not scratch or squeeze ticks embedded in skin. This will cause the tick to release harmful materials into the skin.
The NSW Tick Induce Allergies Research & Awareness (TIARA) group are developing best practices for dealing with ticks and urge you NOT to pull ticks out of skin. Instead kill the tick in situ using an appropriate chemical such as:
Seek medical advice if you are at all concerned about a prolonged reaction to a tick bite.
Tick-induced Allergies Research and Awareness group
University of Sydney, Department of Medical Entomology
Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
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