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Lyme Disease
Lyme disease video

As Canadians spend more time outside during the warmer months, it's important to recognize that taking precautions to protect your health when outdoors involves more than just remembering the sunscreen.

Watch this video from Government of Canada: Healthy Canadians on how to help prevent Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection that people can get from the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Exposure to blacklegged ticks can occur from April to November. Adult blacklegged ticks are easier to find in the fall. They are smaller in size than the common dog (wood) tick, which does not transmit Lyme disease.

Throughout Manitoba, there is a chance of being exposed to Lyme disease through contact with infected blacklegged ticks transported by birds. However, there is a greater risk in areas where there is an established blacklegged tick population.  There are known established blacklegged tick populations in the southeast corner of the province and along the Stanley Trail in south central Manitoba, as well as additional suspected established blacklegged tick populations.  For more information, please visit Identifying Blacklegged Ticks.

Blacklegged tick [Photo courtesy of CDC Atlanta Public Health Image Library]Symptoms of Lyme disease can start about three days to one month after a tick bite, often but not always with an expanding rash which then fades. Early symptoms can also include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches or fatigue. Sometimes Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose because some of the symptoms are common to many other diseases and individuals may not realize they have been bitten by a tick.

People who think they may have Lyme disease should see their doctor. Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics and treatment is most successful in the early stages of infection.  For more information on symptoms and how you can prevent Lyme disease please visit About Lyme disease.

Manitobans are requested to submit blacklegged ticks.

For further details on how to identify blacklegged ticks and tick submission please visit the Blacklegged Ticks page.

For more information, please contact:

Public Health
Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors

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Phone:  204-788-6791
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