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The Correio da Madeira Office has learned that in the coming days, a large tick infestation is expected in the high mountains of Madeira, and recommends the utmost care in the walks, picnics, in areas that are normally frequented by cattle. The high temperatures expected in the coming days are conducive to the uncontrolled spread of ticks. 

Of the many tick species that exist, the  orange-coloured Amblyomma cajennense  is the most dangerous and usually lives hidden in the undergrowth. Ticks are arthropods of the order of mites and ectoparasites. They are hematophagous parasites, that is, they attach to the skin and feed on the blood of their host, and are responsible for the transmission of numerous diseases.

Symptoms may vary according to pathogenesis, ie, it depends on the form and intensity of the attack on organisms, which may be through viruses, bacteria, or protozoa and rickets, and may in extreme cases cause death.

If you are attacked by a tick, keep your cool, and under no circumstances try to pull the live tick from the skin, as the parasite’s head may become trapped and the infection may continue. Use tweezers and an alkaloid to kill it and pull it slowly over the head and all over. 

In humans, the most favourable areas are the legs, arms, breasts, groin, between the fingers, and in some severe cases, the genitals. 

If you intend to take a walk in the mountains in the coming days, wear light clothes, trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and if possible, use a shampoo such as CITRONELLA 250ml, which is a good repellent.

If you are bitten by a tick and fever symptoms appear, contact a Health Center or Emergency Room immediately.