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Ticks (Lyme disease)

Tique (maladie de Lyme)Lyme disease can be transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The number of infected persons in the Montérégie region is on the rise. Tick populations are now established in the region and are found primarily in forests, woods and tall grass.

The risk of tick bites is highest from June to August, but caution is advised well into the fall months.

What activities are at risk?

Adults and children who engage in outdoor activities in or near a forest (hiking, biking, tree cutting, wood gathering, camping, hunting, gardening, etc.), and certain types of workers (road workers, camp counsellors, etc.) are more likely to be exposed to ticks. 

What to do to lower the risk?

To lower your risk of infection while you continue to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities, we recommend the following precautionary measures in tick-prone areas:

  • Wear long pants, closed footwear and socks, and apply a DEET-based insect repellent, following the instructions on the product label.
  • Shower as soon as you get home.
  • Look for ticks on your body. Remove any ticks you find as quickly as possible. The risk of contracting Lyme disease within the first 24 hours of exposure is minimal. However, the longer a tick stays attached to your skin, the greater the chance of infection.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you develop any symptoms of illness (fever, headache, fatigue, rash more than 5 cm in diameter) within 30 days of a tick bite. Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
  • Prevent tick populations from building up around your house by keeping your lawn mowed.

To know more...

For more information, go to www.maladiedeLymeMonteregie.com.

Source : Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie, May 2016