07/19/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/19/2017 10:17
Huron County, ON - With school out and summer in motion, many people are enjoying outdoor activities. The Huron County Health Unit reminds people to protect themselves against mosquito and tick bites when outdoors.
'It's important to enjoy outdoor summer activities,' says Public Health inspector Mike Park, 'but you need to keep yourself protected against bug bites too.'
Precautions to take when spending time outdoors include:
Lyme disease is caused by 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