Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health is reminding you to be on the lookout for blacklegged ticks.
That’s because they can carry Lyme Disease, which can cause rashes, fevers, chills, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Senior Public Health Inspector Andrew Landy says it’s important to take precautions before and after you spend time outdoors.
Landy says using tweezers to remove ticks within 36 hours of being bitten, and cleaning the area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol will reduce your risk of an infection.
Landy does say blacklegged ticks are not very common in the North Hastings area, which also decreases the risk of Lyme disease. However, he adds it’s still important to take precautions.
(Written by: Andreas Pandikiu)