First Local Lyme Disease Case Of 2016 Reported
Tuesday September 13th, 2016
Posted at 3:52pm
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A Windsor-Essex resident has tested positive for Lyme disease.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the diagnosis marks the first clinically diagnosed human case for the area in 2016. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of a blacklegged deer tick. These ticks are a crawling, non-flying insect that feed on blood.
Officials are reminding area residents to protect themselves and their family against ticks when going outdoors.
To reduce your risks of being bitten by a tick:
- Avoid walking in tall grass and stick to the centre of paths.
- Keep grass in your yard short.
- Cover up. Wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants into your shoes and wear closed toed shoes
- Wear light coloured clothing to spot ticks more easily
- Use insect repellent containing at least 20% DEET on exposed skin.
- Shower after being outside.
- Do a full body check after being outdoors. Ticks can be a small as a poppy seed.
- Check pets and children after they come in from outdoors. Talk to your vet about keeping pets protected from ticks.
- When doing a full body check for ticks, please pay close attention to areas such as scalp, ankles, armpits, groin, naval and behind ears and knees.
If bitten by a tick, you should:
- Properly remove tick with a tick key or follow Public Health Agency of Canada’s directions for removal with tweezers.
- Gently wash the bite and surrounding area. Use a disinfectant on the skin.
- Do not dispose of the tick. Keep it in a container or a small plastic bag that can be sealed. Place a piece of damp paper towel in the container or bag.
- Contact your physician.
- Contact the Health Unit as the tick will need to be sent away for identification.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit accepts ticks that are found on human bodies but they do not accept ticks found on animals