Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected deer tick. Only deer ticks can spread the disease. Usually, the tick has to be attached for more than 24 hours for this to happen.
The Health Unit’s Tick Tips poster has information for avoiding tick bites, such as wearing long pants and sleeves, light-coloured clothing, and using an insect repellent with DEET. It tells you how to check for ticks after you've been outside, and what to do if you've found a tick on you. Knowing the type of tick you've found is important to understanding your risk of getting Lyme disease. The Health Unit can identify ticks that people have found on themselves.
For more information visit www.elginhealth.on.ca/Lyme.
Source: Elgin St. Thomas Public Health