War­ning of ticks in Eas­tern On­ta­rio

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - ALEXIA MARSILLO alexia.marsillo@eap.on.ca

The Eas­tern On­ta­rio Health Unit (EOHU) has is­sued a war­ning to re­si­dents of Eas­tern On­ta­rio that bla­ck­leg­ged ticks, which can trans­fer Lyme di­sease to hu­mans, are being found in an in­crea­sing amount of lo­ca­tions across Corn­wall and the five eas­tern coun­ties.

At least 20 per cent of the bla­ck­leg­ged ticks in Eas­tern On­ta­rio are in fact car­rying the Lyme bac­te­ria, which has led the EOHU to de­clare the di­sease well es­ta­bli­shed in Corn­wall and the five eas­tern coun­ties. It is im­por­tant to note, ho­we­ver, that not all ticks in these areas are the bla­ck­leg­ged ticks.

The chance of a tick trans­mit­ting Lyme di­sease to a hu­man is ve­ry low if the tick is at­ta­ched for less than 24 hours. Once it has been lon­ger than the 24-hour per­iod, the risk for Lyme di­sease is in­crea­sed si­gni­fi­cant­ly. The Me­di­cal Of­fi­cer of Health at the EOHU, Dr. Paul Rou­me­lio­tis, ad­vises anyone who be­lieves a tick has been at­ta­ched for more than 24 hours or anyone who de­ve­lops flu­like symp­toms or a gro­wing rash fol­lo­wing a tick bite to contact their heal­th­care pro­vi­der.

The symp­toms of Lyme di­sease usual­ly be­gin wi­thin three to 30 days of a tick bite and can in­clude fe­ver, hea­daches, muscle and joint pains, spasms, numb­ness or tin­gling, fa­cial pa­ra­ly­sis, fa­tigue, swol­len glands and/ or ex­pan­ding skin rashes. “If Lyme in­fec­tion is not re­co­gni­zed and trea­ted, symp­toms can last from months to years and in­clude se­rious health pro­blems af­fec­ting the heart, ner­vous sys­tem or joints,” said Dr. Rou­me­lio­tis.

Ticks are more com­mon in the sum­mer months but can be found all year around when the tem­pe­ra­ture is above ze­ro and are usual­ly li­ke­ly to be found in woo­dlands, tall grass areas and bushes. The EOHU has pro­vi­ded more in­for­ma­tion on the pre­sence of ticks in the area on their web­site and have pro­vi­ded a map of the risk areas for Lyme di­sease.

—pho­to Vi­cky Char­bon­neau

Last Thurs­day’s vi­sit to Li­moges was the first vi­sit of the On­ta­rio PC lea­der to Glen­gar­ryP­res­cott Rus­sell since the ap­point­ment of Aman­da Si­mard (right) as PC can­di­date for the ri­ding. They took the op­por­tu­ni­ty to ex­change a few words be­fore the bus got back on the road di­rec­tion Bel­le­ville and Pe­ter­bo­rough.

—pho­to four­nie

Les tiques à pattes noires sont de plus en plus pré­oc­cu­pantes dans l’Est on­ta­rien, par­ti­cu­liè­re­ment dans Corn­wall et les cinq com­tés de l’Est. Les tiques peuvent trans­mettre la bac­té­rie de la ma­la­die de Lyme, qui peut être fa­ci­le­ment trai­tée avec des an­ti­bio­tiques si dé­tec­tée ra­pi­de­ment.

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