By Health Canada Public Affairs –
Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Blacklegged ticks can be active throughout much of the year, however your risk of a tick bite is highest in spring and summer.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would appreciate your help in raising awareness about this important health issue. Please feel welcome to pass this information on to your organization’s members, post on your website, and share through social media or on bulletin boards.
What you can do:
- wear light coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants to spot ticks more easily
- tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs
- use bug spray containing DEET or Icaridin on your skin and clothing (always follow the directions on the label)
- shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors to facilitate a prompt tick check and to remove ticks that have not attached yet
- do a daily full-body check for ticks on yourself, your children, and pets
- if you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers immediately. Removing it within 24-36 hours can help prevent infection
- see your health care provider right away if you develop symptoms of Lyme disease in the weeks after a tick bite
For more information, including symptoms, treatment, and safe removal of ticks, visit Canada.ca/Lymedisease. You may also check out our awareness resources, including videos, posters, and infographics.
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