Even before tick season officially started, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health's medical officer of health issued a warning about Lyme Disease in the city and surrounding area.
“It’s great that the warm weather is here, except there are some precautions you need to take," Dr. Ian Gemmill told the Kingston Whig-Standard.
According to KFL&A Public Health, about 20% of the black-legged ticks carry the Lyme disease bacterium. In 2014, there were 26 reported cases of Lyme disease.
“For the last little while, I have been particularly concerned about pets,” Gemmill said. “I hear some people say their pets have gone for a run in a grassy dog park and come back with half a dozen ticks on them. These are ticks that if they are not removed from the dog, and they are in the house, they can attach themselves to people.”
Thankfully, if a tick is removed within 24-hours it is unlikely an infected tick would pass on Lyme Disease. In the event Lyme Disease is passed on, it is treatable with antibiotics.
Wearing insect repellant containing Deet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and socks and light coloured clothing are the best way to prevent a tick attaching itself to you. Recently momstown Montcon rounded up a definitive guide to preventing tick bites and what to do once you have been bitten by a tick. To read the guide, click here.