05/31/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/05/2017 08:35
Huron County, ON - With the warmer temperatures returning, so are the bugs. The Huron County Health Unit is reminding people to protect themselves against tick and mosquito bites.
'The risk of becoming ill from a bug bite in Huron County is low,' says Public Health Inspector Mike Park, 'but why take a chance?' Precautions to take when spending time outdoors include:
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria and is spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. A tick must be attached and feeding for at least 24 hours before transmitting the bacteria, so early detection and removal is important. Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include:
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Some mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are more active at dusk and dawn. Most people infected with West Nile virus do not experience any symptoms, however, those who do may experience:
If you experience any of these symptoms, speak to your healthcare provider.
To learn more about Lyme disease or West Nile virus, please visit huronhealthunit.ca