Note: This resource pertains to Lyme disease as a human public health risk. If you wish to learn more about Lyme disease/Lyme disease vaccine and your pet, click here.
For public health information on Lyme disease in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph area, please visit the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health web-page.
- Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by ticks, specifically the black-legged tick. These are very small and often difficult to see! They are usually located low to the ground, in tall grass or shrubs
- Unlike many other bites from insects and parasites, tick bites are usually painless and not itchy. Some people are unaware that they have even been bitten, while others develop a bull’s-eye-like rash at the site.
- If you find the tick still on you, you should remove it! Make sure that you visit a doctor to determine if Lyme disease testing is recommended. Make sure to inform them that you have been active outdoors. Luckily, early treatment is often successful.
- In addition to the aforementioned bull’s-eye-like rash, other clinical signs can include fever, chills, extreme fatigue, or flu-like symptoms.
- Prevention should be aimed at avoiding tick bites:
- Use bug repellent (especially those containing DEET)
- Avoid shrubs, tall grass and other common tick habitats!
- Wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible!
- Tuck your pants into your socks
- When finished outdoors, check yourself for the presence of ticks, or their tell-tale bull’s-eye-like rash!