The disease is now present in 5 provinces, and spreading.
Lyme disease is a real threat. It’s carried by infected immature ticks called nymphs, that bite and infect their host. These ticks are generally found in the North Eastern United States and are often carried by deer, but recent news indicates that Canada now has its own infestation to worry about.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and how can you know if you have it?
Ticks can attach to any part of your body, but they most often go for those hard-to-reach areas like your groin, armpits and scalp. Yum.
These things are tiny- nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed- and they borrow under your skin. The good news is that a tick needs to be attached to you for some time before it can effectively infect you- about 36 to 48 hours. The bad news is that they’re so small, they can be really hard to detect.
One telltale marker that you’re hosting one is if you develop a rash that can be shaped like a bulls eye. Other symptoms include a fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes.
Treatment is available, and early detection is key to halting the progression of the disease. If it’s left untreated though, it can cause neurological problems with cloudy thinking. Lyme disease can also cause facial paralysis and weaken your muscle movement.
In Canada, infected ticks are now found in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. They seem to be traveling far by hitching rides on migratory birds, with global warming.
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