Lyme Disease in Ontario

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Lyme disease in one of the most common tick-born diseases in all of North America. The number of reported cases within Canada has been steadily growing. Although Canadians tend to think of Lyme disease as a foreign disease, it’s time to realize the risks, precautions and treatments of this disease.

What causes Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. These ticks are most commonly found within forested areas, grassy fields and areas with a large amount of weeds. However, despite these characteristics, it is possible to be bitten in an areas completely unrelated to their typical environment. Bullseye_Lyme_Disease_Rash

Lyme Disease in Canada

Since 2005 there has been an increase in the number of reported Lyme Disease cases within Canada. Although Lyme disease was mainly only found in Ontario, it has started to spread to a number of different areas including:

  • Southern & Eastern Ontario
  • Southern Quebec
  • Southern New Brunswick
  • South Shore Nova Scotia
  • Southern Manitoba
  • Southern British Columbia

Medical Effects of Lyme Disease

The most typical symptoms of Lyme disease may include: fever, headache, fatigue and possibly a rash. These symptoms are generally treated through the use of an antibiotic. However, if the disease is left untreated, the symptoms may worsen and involve heart, joint and nervous system issues. We recommend that you talk to your health care professional for all medical advice.

Lyme Disease Prevention

Since Lyme disease is caused by a tick bite, there are a variety of easy and effective methods to ensure that you and your family are kept safe:

  • Cover bare skin when outdoors
  • Avoid walking through heavy brush
  • Use a insect repellent containing DEET
  • Wear light colour clothing
  • Have a warm bath or shower within two hours of being outside (this will help to wash any loose ticks away)
  • Conduct a daily body check for ticks

Lyme Disease in Simcoe County

Unfortunately, there have also been reported cases of Lyme disease within Simcoe County. The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit released a report that claims that there are between 1-6 reported cases each year, and the numbers are continuing the grow. Although 1-6 cases per year may seem low, those figures are far higher than previous years. Regardless of the numbers, the key to being safe is to be pro-active and careful when spending time outdoors.

For additional information, please check the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: http://canlyme.com

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