Dangerous Ticks in San Diego

This is serious health warning from down south in San Diego County; if you hike in the area then wear insect repellent and stay out of high brush. They have found ticks in the area carrying a dangerous disease called ‘rabbit fever.’ This is only spread by ticks infected with the disease and does not transmit person to person. It is recommended you use insect repellent with DEET or Picardin. This has not yet been noted in Orange County but there is no reason it would not spread into our hiking areas as well. It is better to be safe than infected. The disease causes symptoms that include, “lymph node swelling, headache and fever... Other symptoms include a skin ulcer at the site of the bite, fatigue, body aches and nausea.” If you experience these symptoms please see a doctor immediately.