With the passing of winter, several people are starting to head outside to enjoy the warm weather. However, Toronto Public Health is reminding the public to beware of ticks, as the warmer weather is causing a rapid increase in their prevalence.
Ticks are notorious for carrying a myriad of harmful diseases. The one which people are probably most familiar with is Lyme disease, a condition that imparts symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, brain fog, and, in some cases, even death.
Unfortunately, although the disease is indeed a serious one (it infects up to 30,000 people yearly in North USA alone) is still often overlooked.
Toronto Public health has started to put up signs in areas throughout city where ticks can be found. These areas have been identified as:
- Morningside Park,
- Cedar Ridge Park,
- Trinity Bellwoods Park,
- Rouge Park and
- Algonquin Island (part of the Toronto Islands).
Avoiding ticks could be as easy as not visiting those areas, but recreation in them is obviously unavoidable.
So, a good practice for people who commonly visit wooded parks and areas is to do a full body inspection upon returning home from a day out. Wearing layers to cover the skin are also a good preventative measure.
If you unfortunately get bitten by a tick, you can also prevent the spread of Lyme disease in the body if you remove it from your body within 24 hours.