Health
Thursday, August 28, 2003
Family Court child advocates needed for training
You can make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in the Delaware Family Court needs qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. CASAs are trained community volunteers appointed by Family Court judges to represent the best interests of abused/neglected or dependent children who are the subject of court proceedings. The CASA advocates for the best interests of the child by investigating, presenting facts and recommendations to the Court, and monitoring a case until the child is provided with a safe and permanent home. CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational, and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence, and commitment. Training, supervision, and attorney representation are provided. A required five-day initial training session for volunteers in Sussex County is scheduled for Oct. 1, 3, 6, 8, and 10, in Georgetown and Dover. For more information and to apply to become a CASA volunteer, call the CASA office at 855-7415 or 855-7411. Applications deadline is Sept. 15.
Tick bite precautions
Tick bites are responsible for a variety of human illnesses. These include tularemia, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Prompted by a death this summer in Delaware due to a tick-borne disease, Delaware’s Division of Public Health reminds residents to take the following protective measures to avoid tick bites:
    Wear light colors to allow you to see any ticks crawling on your clothing.
  • Tuck your pants legs into your socks so ticks cannot crawl up inside your pants.
  • Apply repellants to discourage tick attachment. Repellents containing permethrin can be sprayed on boots and clothing and will last for several days. Repellents containing DEET can be applied to the skin but will last only a few hours before reapplication is necessary. Wear insect repellent containing less than 30 percent DEET for adults, less than 10 percent DEET for children. Use DEET with caution on children. Application of large amounts of DEET on children has been associated with adverse reactions.
  • Upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, search your entire body for ticks. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Remove any tick you find on your body.
  • Check children for ticks, especially in the hair. Additionally, ticks may be carried into the household on clothing and pets. Both should be examined carefully.

    Tick removal

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers or shield your fingers with a tissue, paper towel or rubber gloves. Avoid removing ticks with bare hands whenever possible.
  • Grasp the tick close to the skin surface and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick. This may cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove mouthparts with tweezers.
  • Do not squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick since its fluids (saliva, body fluids, gut contents) may contain infectious organisms.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly disinfect the bite site with an antiseptic or soap and water, and wash your hands with soap and water.