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Protecting against tick bites to prevent Lyme disease

A reminder about prevention and protection measures from the Department of Public Health for the Laurentians

Saint-Jérôme, June 9th, 2022 - With summer on our doorsteps, the Department of Public Health of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) des Laurentides is urging members of the public to protect themselves against tick bites, as these can cause Lyme disease. Certain areas in the south of the Laurentians are particularly at risk as infected ticks have been found there. 

How to protect oneself? 
The best way not to contract Lyme disease is to avoid tick bites during outdoor activities. Ticks do not jump nor do they fly, but they can cling to you or to your pet whenever you are in contact with plants e.g. in a garden or yard, or while walking through a forest, wood or tall grass.  

To avoid tick bites: 

  • Preferably walk on a path and avoid tall grass;
  • Use an insect repellent on the exposed parts of your body, except your face;
  • Wear a hat, closed shoes, long-sleeves and ankle-length pants;
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants;
  • Tuck your pant legs into your socks or boots;
  • Wear light-coloured clothes when you go for a walk. Light coloured clothing makes ticks more visible. 

To lear more about identifying ticks, see the /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altTextIdentification guide for ticks found in Québec.

What to do in case of a bite? 
In case of a bite, remove the tick as soon as possible. Use a tick remover or a pair of tweezers, such as eyebrow tweezers. Avoid using your fingers or nails. The longer a tick stays embedded, the greater the risk of contracting Lyme disease. The risk of the tick being infected depends on the type of tick and the region where it is found. 

To learn how to remove an embedded tick from your skin, see the /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altTextAdvice and steps to follow.  

Call 811 for Info-Santé or consult a doctor for any of the following situations : 

  • Redness measuring 5cm or more in diameter;
  • Redness that persists after 48 hours; 
  • You think you have one or more symptoms of Lyme disease in the days, weeks or months following an outdoor activity that my have exposed you to ticks. 

Preventive treatment for Lyme disease
If you have been bitten by a tick in certain areas of the south of the region, a doctor or pharmacist may, after examining you, prescribe antibiotics as a preventive measure. The following municipalities are of particular concern: Deux-Montagnes, Mirabel, Oka, Pointe-Calumet, Saint-Eustache, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, Saint-Placide, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, as well as the territory of the Kanesatake community. 

To find all the information about Lyme disease, visit Ouvre un lien interne dans une nouvelle fenêtreLyme disease

or visit the Health - Protecting yourself from mosquito and tick bites


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