Outdoors in Ontario Know About Ticks and Lyme Disease

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					There's an awful lot of "outdoors" in Ontario. And good weather leads to
camping, hiking, picnics or even a day at the beach. Just a little bit of
preparation will make sure that Lyme disease doesn't sideline your summer
outdoor adventures      Lyme disease is spread by the bite of blacklegged
ticks (also known as deer ticks). These ticks cannot fly, but settle on
tall grasses and bushes until they attach themselves to a person or
animal passing by. Lyme disease can have many symptoms, ranging from flu-
like symptoms in its early stages or, if left untreated, to more serious
symptoms affecting the central nervous system, brain or even heart.

  While many have not heard of this disease, Lyme is gaining attention as
health officials have seen an increase in cases acquired within Ontario
and an increase of reported cases in the United States. In Ontario, this
increase is due to the tick population expanding into new areas of the
province.      Lyme disease bacteria have been found in ticks from areas
throughout Ontario, but are primarily found in areas along the north
shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. They have
also been found in provincial parks such as Long Point, Turkey Point, and
Rondeau, as well as Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, Point
Pelee National Park, St. Lawrence Islands National Park and Wainfleet Bog
Conservation Area.      The key to avoid getting Lyme disease is to
prevent the ticks from biting by:          * Wearing light-coloured
clothing. It makes ticks easier to spot.      * Wearing closed footwear
and socks, a long sleeved shirt and long pants. Tuck your pants into your
socks.      * Using a tick repellent that has DEET, following the
manufacturer's directions.      * If in an area where you might get
bitten by ticks, search your body for ticks at least once a day. Pay
special attention to the scalp, groin and armpits.      * If you do
locate a tick on your body, use tweezers to remove it. Grasp the tick as
close to your skin as possible. Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
Save the tick alive in a jar or screw-top bottle if you can. Take it to
your doctor, or public health unit for testing.      If you have been in
any of the areas known to contain Lyme disease carrying ticks, watch out
for the following symptoms: fever, headache, muscle and joint pains,
fatigue and a skin rash in the shape of a bull's eye. If you are
exhibiting these symptoms, let your doctor know immediately.      Here
the author Mark writes about deer ticks that could transmit Lyme disease.
Furthermore, he also explains how to protect yourself from tick bites
when you are outdoors in Ontario. To learn more about Lyme disease, visit

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