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Health Unit warns hunters: check yourselves for ticks!

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Hunting season is upon us and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind those enjoying hunting activities to be aware that they also share the great outdoors with ticks that can make them sick. Lyme disease is caused by being bitten by an infected tick.

Even in warm weather, it’s important to cover your arms and legs with long sleeves and pants. Check yourself for ticks when you return from hunting, and remove them immediately to avoid infection.

In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, we have several different types of ticks. Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick (also known as deer ticks). Lyme disease is regularly found within our geographic area of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. For more info, visit www.healthunit.org.

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