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1 March 2008 Tick Attachment Sites
Abdulkadir Gunduz, Suha Turkmen, Suleyman Turedi, Irfan Nuhoglu, Murat Topbas
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Objective.—The duration of tick attachment is related to the likelihood of disease transmission. To be able to locate and remove an attached tick is important.

Methods.—Sixty-seven patients presenting with tick bites to the Karadeniz Technical University emergency department and 3 different first-stage health institutions between April and July 2006 were investigated to determine the distribution of the bites.

Results.—Tick attachment site distribution was determined as follows: 9% head-neck, 5% arm, 24% stomach-groin, 7% back, 18% chest-shoulder, 25% leg-foot, and 12% hip.

Conclusions.—According to the results of our study, 20% of ticks attach to regions of the body that patients cannot themselves see. After travel in endemic areas, a complete inspection of the entire body surface is required to achive early tick removal

Abdulkadir Gunduz, Suha Turkmen, Suleyman Turedi, Irfan Nuhoglu, and Murat Topbas "Tick Attachment Sites," Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 19(1), 4-6, (1 March 2008). https://doi.org/10.1580/06-WEME-BR-067.1
Published: 1 March 2008
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attachment site
CCHF
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever
tick bites
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