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Quinte Conservation Educates the Public About Ticks

Over 100 individuals attended Quinte Conservation’s tick information night hosted at the organization’s head office in Belleville on Tuesday, May 30. Public Health Inspector Aptie Sookoo gave the hour and a half presentation with the goal of informing the public about the dangers associated with blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, and Lyme disease.

When asked what the central message of his presentation was, Sookoo reiterated that “A tick bite should not be seen as a casual occurrence, rather a serious threat to an individual’s health. A tick bite does not necessarily guarantee that an individual will contract Lyme; however it does greatly increase their risk. Ticks should be removed and brought to a local health unit to assess their general threat to the public.”

Ticks throughout Prince Edward and Hastings Counties have tested positive for Lyme disease, so it is important that when enjoying the outdoors to not only wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, but also to check over your body for potential ticks after returning home.

Ticks generally are found in moist, hard to see areas such as armpits, behind the knees, hair, and groin areas. Unlike most other bugs, ticks typically remain attached to your body long after having consumed their blood meal.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

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