Welcome to TIC-NC
The Tick-Borne Infections Council of North Carolina, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve the recognition, treatment, control, and understanding of tick-borne diseases in North Carolina.
- Educate the public, medical and veterinary professionals, school health nurses, and the public health system about tick-borne diseases in North Carolina, including risk factors, emerging infections, and prevention.
- Encourage state public health agencies to conduct ongoing surveillance of the prevalence of tick-borne infections in North Carolina citizens and in ticks and vectors; and make this information available to the public and the medical sector.
- Work with the public health sector to ensure all tick-borne infections are reported at both county and state levels.
- Support the public health sector in identifying and characterizing the newly emerging tick-borne infections in the Southeast.
- Foster improved communication between health professionals and the public with respect to tick-borne diseases.
- Maintain a registry of persons with tick-borne diseases in North Carolina.
TIC-NC’s Information Brochures
TIC-NC’s informational brochures provide current information on North Carolina ticks, NC counties endemic for Lyme disease, tick-borne illnesses, how to prevent tick bites, how to remove a tick, and more. The informational brochure, in English and Spanish, is our newest edition, providing a handy reference on ticks, TBIs, and prevention in a nice, tri-fold brochure.We also have our Repellents and Insecticides brochure, which recaps options for standard and organic/natural tick repellents and insecticides, including treated clothing. We are happy to send these to you or your organization.
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TIC-NC’s Community Education Program
TIC-NC is continuing our school education project where we present an slide show to 8th and 9th graders in local schools with information on ticks, tick-borne illnesses, and how to prevent tick bites. The project includes distributing our bi-lingual handout to students with information on ticks.
The project began in the spring of 2013 by helping to educate Orange County school nurses about tick-related issues and assisting in the development of a protocol for treating students who present with an attached tick. This project was followed up by providing every student – 7,200 in total and, therefore, parents) with a bilingual handout in the end-of-year report cards describing ticks that are a danger to North Carolinians, the proper removal of ticks, symptoms of infection, and what to do if symptoms occur after tick exposure. This project was facilitated by a $5,000 grant from the Yahoo! Employee Foundation (YEF). YEF grants are given to non-profit organizations that include a focus on youth and education in their communities.
As a continuation of the Yahoo grant project during the 2013 – 2014 school year in Chatham County, TIC-NC continued its education project by meeting with the Chatham school nurses and distributed the bilingual handout (see below) to over 9,200 students the 26 schools within the Chatham county school system.
This project will continue with TIC-NC ensuring the education of tick-related issues within schools.
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UNC Journalism Students and TIC-NC Members Present a PSA
Ticks and the Role of the State
Until 2011, the Public Health Pest Management (PHPM) section of NC Department of Environmental & Natural Resources was charged with helping to protect the public from vector-borne diseases. Historically focusing on mosquitoes, they received additional funding in 2008 to expand their focus on ticks and tick-borne disease. From 2008 until 2011, PHPM conducted extensive tick work, aiding the public with disease prevention. Legislative action abolished the section in July 2011 leaving the state without any public health branch to continue these activities. Fortunately, in late 2016 and early 2017, in part because of Zika virus concerns and resultant funding, Michael Doyle was hired as one state public health entomologist. He previously worked on mosquito issues in Key West. A second entomologist, Dr. Alexis Barbarin, hired in January 2017, will be mostly involved with tick-related issues. Her background is in bedbugs She previously studied and worked at both Penn State and NCSU. Their efforts will help NC address mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropod vectors of disease-causing agents with the goal of reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases through public education and outreach and targeted evidenced based interventions.
Reporting of certain tick-borne infections is required by the Communicable Disease law. epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/report.html