Deer Ticks Found at Ojibway Prairie Complex. Do They Carry Lyme Disease?

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Warm temperatures also bring to life ticks and with ticks Lyme disease is only a bite away. While our intention is not to strike fear among the people that enjoy taking a stroll in the outdoors and lay in the grass, it’s important to keep in mind that sometimes we have to be cautious.

In the Ojibway area, there have already been found several deer ticks, which are known to carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The tests from the lab haven’t come back yet and we don’t know if the ticks are carriers of the disease.

However, biologists that were on a field work in the park have discovered four deer ticks under their clothing.

Tom Preney is the biodiversity coordinator for the City of Windsor and he stated the following:

“Those are the ones we need to be a little bit concerned about because they can carry Lyme disease.”

Preney is concerned about finding so many ticks at one, saying he hasn’t ever found one in his 15 years that he’s worked at the complex. He thinks that it’s a sign that this year is going to be a good one for ticks.

Sending the Ticks to Health Unit Tests

After finding the ticks, the biologists have sent them to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Manitoba, where they will test them and see if they have Lyme disease.

Mike Tudor, who is a manager with the environmental health department (Windsor-Essex County Health Unit), stated that the unit received in 2017 a total of 382 ticks for testing. Out of those, 32 were deer ticks and only two of them carried Lyme disease.

How to Protect Yourself From Ticks?

Try not to walk in tall grass and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in light colors to easily spot the little ticks.

A good way to make sure they won’t get under your clothes is to tuck your pants into the socks. Check your body, your children’s skin, and your pets for possible ticks after being outside.

Take a shower after getting home and place your clothes into a high heat dryer for at least an hour to kill possible ticks from your clothes.

Have tick collars on your pets and keep the grass short in your yard.

The best way to remove a tick is to use a tweezer. Mike Tudor stated that people can “always submit that tick to the health unit for further testing,” and if you are concerned, go visit your physician.

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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