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Black Legged Ticks Test Positive For Lyme Disease In Huron County

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

Health officials say two ticks tested positive for Lyme, recommend checking for ticks after being outdoors.

The Huron County Health Unit is testing more ticks for the presence of the bacteria that causes Lyme diease, and officials want you to be prepared if you come into contact with one of the insects.

The Health Unit says they received four blacklegged ticks for testing, out of a total 27 so far this year.

Of the four blacklegged ticks, two were found positive for the Lyme disease bacteria.

Public health officials say when a bacteria carrier latches onto you and starts feeding, it normally takes 24 to 36 hours before it starts transmitting the bacteria.

They advise you to check yourself after being in a wooded area, and to carefully use tweezers to remove an attached tick and put it in a screw-top container to take to your doctor or the Health Unit.

The Health Unit advises that you wear long pants, a long-sleeve shirt or top, socks and closed-toe shoes when walking in a wooded area.

The effects of Lyme disease include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and a skin rash in the shape of a bull's eye.

You are advised to seek help from your healthcare provider if you show any of those symptoms after removing a tick.

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