Lyme Disease



Prevention and Control:


      Avoid tick habitats:

- moist shaded environments

- areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation in wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy areas


      Use personal protection measures :

- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily spotted.

- Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks or boots to prevent ticks from reaching

your skin.

- Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin.


      Perform a tick check and remove attached ticks:

- Infection from the bacteria causing Lyme Disease is unlikely to occur before 36 hours of tick

attachment.Therefore, daily tick checks are important.

- Promptly remove any attached tick you find with fine tipped tweezers.Grasp the tick firmly

and as closely to the skin as possible.Pull the tickís body away from the skin with a steady


- Do not be alarmed if the tickís mouth parts remain in the skin, this will not increase the risk of

disease transmission.

- Cleanse the area with alcohol or an antiseptic.

- DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove ticks.


      Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms following a tick bite:

- bullís-eye rash

- fever

- fatigue

- headache

- muscle or joint aches