How to prevent tick and mosquito bites

A blacklegged tick found at Morningside Park in Scarborough on Thursday

A blacklegged tick found at Morningside Park in Scarborough on Thursday

Public health officials are warning residents to take precautions when they are in wooded areas this summer amid an increase in the population of blacklegged ticks that can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a serious infection that comes from being bitten by an infected blacklegged tick (also called a deer tick), they noted.

The risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is relatively low, but Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa warns the number of disease-transmitting ticks is expanding each year and it's possible they will be present outside the marked areas. Light-coloured clothing can make it easier to spot for ticks, Toronto Public Health said. These symptoms can be extremely debilitating because the disease, which is transmitted by ticks from the white-tailed deer and other mammals into the human bloodstream, attacks the heart and the nervous system.

Ticks are typically out from early spring until October, and can be found in tall grass, brush or wooded areas.

Areas of the city known to have black-legged tick populations are the Rouge Valley, Morningside Park, Highland Creek, Cedar Ridge Park, Colonel Danforth Trail and Algonquin Island.

"The tick was again seen attached to the tympanic membrane", doctors wrote in a May 1 case report for the New England Journal of Medicine. But cases of Lyme disease have been growing nationally for years, from just 144 in 2009, to more than 2,000 in 2017, according to government data.

"That's why it's very important when you return home to do the tick checks and to shower", Pacheco said.

They'll often climb to a warm place like an underarm, the groin or hairline to start feeding on blood, she said.

Ontario's website has more tick and Lyme prevention tips.

Lyme disease is an infectious disease spread by black-legged ticks, however, most ticks found in Saskatchewan are the American dog tick.

TPH tracks the locations where blacklegged ticks have been found. Varied symptoms can occur within a few days to a month, but usually within one to two weeks, and may include: fever, chills, headache, joint and muscle pain, joint swelling, fatigue, and facial paralysis.

If you find a tick on you, remove it using tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out slowly but firmly.

The province suggested applying bug spray containing DEET on skin and clothing, wearing closed-toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

Carefully check your full body and head for attached ticks. Place the tick in a container and bring it to your healthcare provider or the Huron County Health Unit for identification and testing if needed.

Notícias recomendadas

  • Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet, Which Crashed On Moon, Found By NASA

    Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet, Which Crashed On Moon, Found By NASA

    Before its destruction, the lander was poised to be the first of its kind to land on the surface of the Moon . This spread soil about 328 feet (100 meters) and left a " dark smudge " about 33 feet (10 meters) wide.
    Three Reds set for Nations League finals with England

    Three Reds set for Nations League finals with England

    His goal-scoring record is phenomenally high and he's captain of the team. "We're keeping that door open and will see how that progresses".
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio enters presidential race

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio enters presidential race

    On Thursday, he attended a fundraiser on Manhattan's Upper East Side - not far from the mayoral residence, Gracie Mansion. And de Blasio's hometown press has, so far, delighted in disparaging his presidential hopes .
  • Facebook bans fake Israel-based accounts that spent $812,000 on ads

    Facebook bans fake Israel-based accounts that spent $812,000 on ads

    As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world.

    "The Simpsons" Predicts This Week's "Game Of Thrones" Episode

    Episode five of Game Of Thrones season 8 aired last Monday and it has been one of the most destructive episodes so far. I can't complain because it's six great seasons and I had some great scenes these last two seasons.
    Grizz make it known they'd pick Morant

    Grizz make it known they'd pick Morant

    The Grizzlies flirted with the idea of moving Conley at the trade deadline in February, but couldn't find a match. That could change if The Ringer's latest 2019 National Basketball Association mock draft comes to fruition.
  • The Flower Full Moon will be blu-ish

    The Flower Full Moon will be blu-ish

    The full phases of the Moon, in most cases, originate in the naming traditions of Native American tribes in northeast America. According to Space.com, the last time we had a blue moon based on the "four full moons in a season" rule was in May 2016.
    At Preakness, the horses who aren’t there are the story

    At Preakness, the horses who aren’t there are the story

    Only seven horses turned out to challenge Kentucky Derby victor Justify in last year's Preakness . Given a 4-1 morning-line quote, he will again be ridden by regular pilot Tyler Gaffalione.
    Microsoft Reveals Minecraft Earth, A New Pokemon Go-Style AR Game

    Microsoft Reveals Minecraft Earth, A New Pokemon Go-Style AR Game

    Find any flat area in the real world - a table, the pavement, a field - and you can start constructing on a virtual Build Plate . While we don't have details just yet, it's pretty easy to speculate how monetization could work in Minecraft Earth .
  • USA terminates Turkey`s preferential trade agreement, reduces tariffs on steel

    In a subsequent statement on Thursday, the White House said it was reducing the 50% tariff, doubled last August, to 25 per cent. The White House announced on Thursday that Turkey would be removed from the Generalised System of Preferences effective 17 May.
    Call Of Duty: Mobile now available in closed beta

    Call Of Duty: Mobile now available in closed beta

    Now, if you'd pre-registered for the game and still don't see it available for download, you're not the only one around. You can pick and add skins for each weapon , with players also able to equip an explosive or tactical grenade.
    Guatemalan child dies after crossing border

    Guatemalan child dies after crossing border

    Drivers line up in the border city of Juárez in Mexico's Chihuahua state, as they attempt to cross the border at El Paso, Texas. The child's mother remains in the US , awaiting resolution of her immigration case, according to the agency official.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.