Simcoe County

FAQ 2023: Preventing Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a growing health risk for residents and visitors of the Simcoe Muskoka region. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Climate change is driving the rapid expansion of blacklegged ticks across Simcoe Muskoka. Blacklegged ticks are present throughout Simcoe Muskoka and locally acquired blacklegged ticks have tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Although Lyme disease is preventable, human cases have increased in recent years in Simcoe Muskoka. The best way to prevent infection is to reduce exposure to ticks and by promptly removing a tick from the body. If left untreated Lyme disease can lead to long lasting illnesses including heart disease and arthritis. Activities that increase understanding of ticks, Lyme disease, associated risks and protective measures are necessary to encourage the uptake of protective behaviours to prevent tick-bites and disease transmission.

This FAQ is intended for Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) municipal and community partners and provides general information about ticks and Lyme disease. 

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