Tick watch

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

As tick sea­son re­sumes, res­i­dents are be­ing re­minded that they live in an area with a bet­ter than av­er­age chance of en­coun­ter­ing the tiny bugs.

Stor­mont- Dun­dasGlen­garry and Prescot­tRus­sell are in an “es­ti­mated risk area,” a lo­ca­tion where black­legged ticks have been iden­ti­fied or are known to oc­cur and where hu­mans have the po­ten­tial to come into contact with in­fected ticks.

Es­ti­mated risk ar­eas are cal­cu­lated as a 20kilo­me­tre ra­dius from the cen­tre of a lo­ca­tion where black­legged ticks were found through drag sam­pling.

In­fected black­legged, or deer, ticks can trans­mit Lyme dis­ease. Most cases of Lyme dis­ease can be treated suc­cess­fully with an­tibi­otics. How­ever, if left un­treated, symp­toms can last from months to years and can cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

Black­legged ticks live in wood­lands, tall grasses and bushes, and are found through­out On­tario. The num­ber of in­fected black­legged

TINY MEN­ACES: Ticks are tiny, as demon­strated by this in­for­ma­tion card avail­able at an­i­mal clin­ics. ticks is in­creas­ing each year, the East­ern On­tario Health Unit notes. Ticks are most ac­tive in the sum­mer months, but can be found at any time of the...

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