Sudbury and District Health, blacklegged tick, Lyme disease

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A blacklegged tick found in the Sudbury area has tested positive for bacteria that can cause Lyme disease.Public Health Sudbury and Districts said in a statement Tuesday that this is the first positive check mark reported in its service area for 2020.

The health unit said it was important that everyone take precautions to protect themselves and those under their care. For example:

– avoid walking in tall grass and make sure the yards are away from debris and overgrown vegetation, grass, bushes and trees;

– keep woodpiles and bird feeders away from homes;

– wear a light-colored long-sleeved shirt, pants and closed-toed shoes;

– use insect repellents that are regulated by the federal government and contain DEET, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for their safe use;

– check your clothes, your body and your pets for ticks and change your clothes when you return from outside;

– take a shower to help remove ticks that have not yet settled on the skin,

If a tick is found embedded in the skin, use tweezers to remove it as soon as possible. To do this, you must:

– Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin and gently pull up.

– Wash the area with soap and water.

– Put the tick in a dry container and take it to your local public health unit to be sent for identification and screening for Lyme disease.

– Follow up with your health care provider to determine if you need treatment, especially if the tick has been attached for more than 24 hours.

“One of the typical signs of Lyme disease is a rash that looks like a bull’s eye: the bite area is surrounded by a round, red rash,” said Public Health. “Other symptoms of the disease can include fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain.

“If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious heart, joint and nervous system problems. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. ”

For more information, call Sudbury & District Health at 705-522-9200, ext. 464 (toll free 1-866-522-9200) or visit www.phsd.ca.

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