Lyme disease can be transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The number of infected persons in the Montérégie region is on the rise. Tick populations are now established in the region and are found primarily in forests, woods and tall grass. The risk of tick bites is highest from June to August, but caution is advised well into the fall months.
Here's precautionary measures in tick-prone areas according to Direction de la santé publique de la Montérégie:
Wear long pants, closed footwear and socks, and apply a DEET or Icaridine based insect repellent, following the instructions on the product label.
Shower as soon as you get home.
Look for ticks on your body. Remove any ticks you find as quickly as possible. The risk of contracting Lyme disease within the first 24 hours of exposure is minimal. However, the longer a tick stays attached to your skin, the greater the risk of infection.
Call Info-santé at 8-1-1 if you were bitten by a tick. A medical assessment might be recommended and an antibiotic might be prescribed if indicated to prevent the development of Lyme disease.
Seek medical attention promptly if you develop any symptoms of illness (fever, headache, fatigue, rash more than 5 cm in diameter) within 30 days of a tick bite. Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
Prevent tick populations from building up around your house by keeping your lawn mowed, removing leaves and bushes and creating a buffer between your yard and any wooded areas.
For more information, go to www.maladiedeLymeMonteregie.com