As hotter weather arrives, Toronto Public Health is encouraging residents to be conscious of the place blacklegged ticks can be discovered and the steps that may be taken to forestall Lyme illness.
“Though we now have seen a rise in tick populations in recent times, the general threat of buying Lyme illness in Toronto remains to be thought of low,” mentioned affiliate medical officer of well being Dr. Christine Navarro at a information convention Thursday.
Blacklegged ticks are the solely sort of tick in Ontario that may transmit the micro organism that trigger Lyme illness. They’re usually present in bushy or wooded areas with numerous leaves on the floor or the place there are tall grasses. They aren’t sometimes discovered on well-kept lawns, paved areas or sports activities fields.
Indicators have been posted the place blacklegged ticks have been present in the metropolis, together with at Algonquin Island, Highland Creek, Morningside Park and Rouge Nationwide City Park.
Nevertheless, Navarro notes that as tick populations are increasing, it’s attainable that blacklegged ticks are current outdoors these areas.
Tip to forestall bites
The simplest method to stop Lyme illness is to forestall tick bites. Toronto Public Health gives various security suggestions:
• Use insect repellents.
• Put on lengthy pants and lengthy sleeves and light-coloured clothes might make ticks simpler to identify.
• Search your garments and physique when coming in from outdoor.
• Take a bathe to take away ticks earlier than they develop into connected.
• In case you discover a tick on your physique, it might probably be eliminated with tweezers by pulling the tick away out of your pores and skin gently, but firmly.
Immediate elimination of ticks from the pores and skin will assist stop an infection, as transmission of the Lyme disease-causing micro organism normally requires the tick be connected for a minimum of 24 hours.
Early signs of Lyme illness normally happen inside one to 2 weeks after a tick chew, but can happen as quickly as three days or so long as a month after a chew.
Signs of Lyme illness can embody fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a round rash.