Watch for ticks,warns North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

NORTH BAY – The North Bay District Health Unit Parry Sound wants to remind the public to be aware of tics when spending time outdoors during the long weekend.
May is the month of awareness of Lyme disease, and with the increase in confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Ontario, it is important to protect yourself from tick bites.
If you stay close or travel this weekend, remember that it is possible to find an infected tick almost anywhere in the province, “says Brendan Hatton, public health inspector.” Although the risk of Lyme disease in the district of the Health unit is relatively low, always take precautions when you are outside. “Black-legged ticks can transmit Lyme disease Ticks are small, blood-sucking insects that can not fly, live in wooded or weedy areas and adhere to animals or people who pass by. While most ticks do not transmit diseases, it is important to avoid them and check them and eliminate them as soon as you find them.
A person can become infected with Lyme disease if he is bitten by an infected tick.
In most cases, the tick must be placed for at least 24 hours so that the bacteria that causes Lyme disease is transmitted to the host.
The most common symptom of Lyme disease is an expanding skin rash, which can appear between three and 30 days after a bite.
If left untreated, other symptoms may develop that include fever, chills, headache, muscle fatigue and joint pain, problems with heartbeat, breathing, balance and short-term memory.
Early treatment is important.
There has been an increase in confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Ontario, in part due to an increase and expansion of populations of black-footed ticks to new areas of the province. Populations of infected ticks continue to spread and can now also be found in the Simcoe-Muskoka. district, York region and all of eastern Ontario, as well as Hamilton and parts of northwestern Ontario.
Methods to prevent tick bites include:
Use insect repellent or other insect repellents that contain DEET or Icaridin;
wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and put your shirt in your pants and your pants in your socks;
wear light-colored clothing to detect ticks more easily;
check your clothes and body for ticks at least once a day, paying special attention to areas such as the groin, navel, armpits, scalp, behind the ears and knees;
Do not forget to mark the children in your care;
try to stay on clear roads when possible, since ticks are most commonly found in wooded areas or in tall grasses, shrubs and bushes;
Take a shower as soon as you can after being outside.
If you find a mark on your body, remove it carefully with tweezers. Hold the tick by the head as close as possible to the skin. If parts of the mouth of the tick come off and remain on the skin, remove them with tweezers. If you can not remove the mouthparts, leave them alone and let the skin heal. Pick up the tick and write down where you think you found it. Check with your health care provider immediately and, when possible, take the mark to the Health Unit.

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