Take pre­cau­tions against ticks – even in cool weather

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Saskatchew­an res­i­dents are ad­vised to con­tinue to take pre­cau­tions against tick bites when spend­ing time out­doors.

The black-legged ticks that can carry a bac­te­ria that causes Lyme dis­ease are rare in this prov­ince, but are most ac­tive in the cooler months of Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber and April.

Hun­ters, hik­ers and any­one else en­joy­ing the out­doors should take sim­ple pre­cau­tions be­fore go­ing into grassy, bushy or treed ar­eas. Use in­sect re­pel­lent con­tain­ing DEET. Check your­self, your chil­dren and your pets after­wards. If any ticks are found, they should be care­fully and promptly re­moved with tweez­ers.

“In Saskatchew­an, the risk of be­ing ex­posed to Lyme dis­ease is low, but not zero,” Deputy Chief Med­i­cal Health Of­fi­cer Dr. Denise Werker said. “Less than half a per cent of ticks found here are the black­legged ticks that can be in­fected with the bac­te­ria that causes Lyme dis­ease, and only a small per­cent­age of those may be in­fected.”

In­for­ma­tion on ticks and Lyme dis­ease is avail­able at www.saskatchew­an.ca/lyme.

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