News Sudbury-area tick tests positive for Lyme disease bacteria SHARE ON: Rosalind Russell, staff Thursday, Jun. 27th, 2019 Public Health Sudbury and Districts says one blacklegged tick was found locally in Sudbury, which has tested positive for the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. Photo supplied by North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Public Health Sudbury and Districts says one blacklegged tick was found locally in Sudbury, which has tested positive for the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. This is the first positive tick reported in the Public Health Sudbury and Districts service area this year. One of the typical signs of Lyme disease is a rash that looks like a bull’s eye: the bite area is surrounded by a round, red rash. The health unit reminds the public of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves and those in their care. Avoid walking in tall grass and make sure yards are kept clear of debris and overgrown vegetation, grass, bushes and trees. Keep wood piles and bird feeders away from homes. Wear a long-sleeved, light-coloured shirt, pants and closed-toe shoes. Use insect repellents that are federally regulated and contain DEET, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for their safe use. Check your clothing, body and pets for ticks and change your clothing upon returning home from the outdoors. Take a shower to help wash off ticks that have not yet attached themselves to the skin. If a tick is found embedded in the skin, use tweezers to remove it as soon as possible. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin and gently pull straight up, then wash the area with soap and water. Put the tick in a dry container and bring it to your local public health unit to be sent for identification and testing for Lyme disease. Follow up with your health care provider to determine if you need treatment, especially if the tick has been attached for more than 24 hours. One of the typical signs of Lyme disease is a rash that looks like a bull’s eye: the bite area is surrounded by a round, red rash. Other symptoms of the disease can include fever, headache, and muscle and joint pain. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause serious problems to the heart, joints and nervous system. Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics. For more information on Lyme disease and ticks, call PHSD at 705-522-9200 ext. 464 (toll-free 1-866-522-9200) or visit phsd.ca.