Tick season arrives in Manitoba; officials warn of new illnesses

Henrietta Strickland
May 18, 2018

Public health inspector Elaine Bennett says a year ago, two of 380 ticks collected tested positive for Lyme Disease.

"You treat it with the same as for Lyme", Dr. Richard Rusk, medical manager of communicable diseases at Manitoba Public Health, reported.

"If it's a black-legged tick, then it gets sent on further to Winnipeg to the microbiology lab, where it gets tested for Lyme Disease", she said.

Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a circular rash.

Intrieri says, "these ticks are small. you may not even know that you were bit by the tick".

Female blacklegged ticks in various stages of feeding.

"You do not need to bring your child to the doctor if he or she has an attached tick but is otherwise well", said Gary S. Marshall, M.D., who practices with UofL Physicians - Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Entomologist David Beresford said while we have seen an increase in the number of ticks in the region, the risk of contracting Lyme remains quite low.

Utah isn't known for having many cases of Lyme disease, according to the Center of Disease Control. "If left undiagnosed and untreated that can progress in a more serious disease what we call the chronic form where it can lead into organ disease such as kidney disease".

"The physician has to be thinking: 'Could this be something else beyond the ones that we normally get?'" told Rusk. They are often found in bushy or wooded areas with lots of leaves on the ground or where there are tall grasses.

According to health officials, people should cover up when heading into any area where there could be ticks, along with tucking trousers into socks, using tick repellent, and doing a thorough tick check upon returning inside. "It's not about removing the body of the tick, it's also about making sure the head of the tick comes out too".

"So, if you get a amusing rash on your body, you should be seeking advice about that from your doctor".

Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks after a tick bite, but can occur as soon as three days or as long as a month after a bite.

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