Quebec Issues Summer Warning For Lyme Disease In The Province

We warned you back in April that this year was going to be worse than ever when it come to ticks and Lyme disease in Quebec.

The occurrence of Lyme disease has been increasing rapidly in Quebec for the past several years. 

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In 2011 there were only 32 reported cases of Lyme diseases, but by 2015, that number had grown to 159. That's because the tick population in Canada grown 10 times over the past two decades.  

And now the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services have issued a warning because there are even more confirmed cases of Lyme disease this year.  so far 65 people have been infected and at least 55 of them have confirmed they contracted the disease in Quebec.

The average at this time of the year for the last 4 years was 27. 

Symptoms of Lyme disease:

  • Fatigue, fever, skin rash and headaches.

  • If left untreated, it can cause heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and even nervous system disorders.

How to protect yourself:

  • Anyone who practices outdoor activities needs to watch out for the bugs, especially if they are in areas with tall grass. You must remember to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, tuck your pants into your socks, and use insect repellent.

  • If you spot a tick on your body, you must remove it immediately with tweezers without squeezing it too hard so it doesn't release more bacteria into your body. Once removed, clean the area with soap.