Protect yourself this summer! A tick bite can happen to anyone, even local leaders

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) As the city of Syracuse moves closer to finalizing a plan to combat ticks and deer, and people head out on hikes this summer, we have a health reminder.

A tick bite, that often leads to Lyme disease, can happen to anyone… including our local leaders. 

“On the back of my hamstring I felt something and I didn’t think much of it. Then two days later I went back and I felt it again and pulled at it and it was a tick,” said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon. 

Like most people, McMahon didn’t see the tell-tale rash associated with Lyme disease. But he did see the engorged tick and his doctors didn’t want to risk it. 

“They treated me immediately as if I had it,” said McMahon. He’s lucky because if he does have Lyme, the earlier it’s caught the better the chances are of treating it. 

As for where he picked up the tick? It’s still a mystery.

“I was mowing my lawn, it could have happened there. I was wearing pants, doing the things I was supposed to do or you know, I have a small dog and he could have picked up the tick,” said McMahon. 

Even when you’re doing all the right things, it can happen to anyone at any time. Which is why it’s important to use repellent, wear long pants on hikes, and check for ticks. 

The CDC reports that your risk of contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is low if you remove the tick within 36 hours. After that, the tick starts exchanging fluid and bacteria back and forth into your bloodstream. 

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