Method of Control and Management

If ehrlichial infection is suspected based on clinical findings or history of tick exposure, initiation of antimicrobial treatment should not be delayed. The tetracycline class of antibiotics is the drug of choice for treating ehrli-chiosis (93).

Prevention of infection through the use of personal protective measures is ideal. Using DEET on exposed portions of skin and treating clothing with permethrin are effective at preventing not only tick-borne diseases, but also mosquito and other arthropod-borne diseases. Persons should also conduct tick checks after exposure to tick habitat (93).

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