Spring temperatures begin at the beginning of the season in Nova Scotia.
The biggest concern is the bites from black-legged ticks, which can bring bacteria that cause a disease Lyme a contagious disease.
The Department of Health considers most of Nova Scotia's mainland high-risk for Lyme disease. This year, it also added Cape Breton County, covering the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, on that list.
Steve Sutherland, host of CBC Cape Breton Morning Information spoke to Dr. Daniela Kempkens, is the medical health official for the eastern region of Nova Scotia.
This interview was edited for clarity and length.
Health changed the risk situation for CBRM from below the higher?
Nova Scotia is a suitable climate for pop ticks. Black-legged ticks are promoting the best places that provide an extraordinary environment, and are often found in or near forest areas, long grass, fallen leaves, and so on.
So when the department examines Cape Breton County data this year, they have to make this decision be lost from a lesser high risk. But it is important to stress that there is a risk for black-legged ticks and Lyme disease throughout the province.
What is the risk of having black-legged ticks?
We have some ticks in Nova Scotia and black-legged ticks are the only ones carrying Lyme disease. If you are bitten by a tick, this does not mean that you get Lyme disease. It depends on the type of tick you have bitten, and then you need a check to bring the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. And, very important, it also depends on how long the mark is attached.
The danger increases only if the mark is attached within 24 hours or more. So it's important that if you're outdoors, and you're back inside, you check yourself and your kids for ticks to make sure you get up early and delete them before they are attached for more than 24 hours . [ (CBC)
Where should you check?
You should check your whole body. But they like hot and moist places, so check your armpits, the area around your groin, your waist and the back of the knees.
And what are you looking for?
When marks are not attached for a long time, or depending on what stage in their life cycle, they can be small and not easy to see. You're looking for a tiny black dot attached to a place, and if you find that you'll make tweezers, you're just regular in your home. Grab the tick with the tweezers as close to the skin as long as possible, and slowly and gradually pull the tick straight into the skin. It is important not to jerk or twist or squeeze it.
Once the check is taken off, clean the place with soap and water bites. They have different sizes, depending on their life cycle, so it is recommended that you have a shower after you enter from outside for two hours.
How did you get them?
Do not jump the beak. They do not fly. They climbed shrubs or long grass. They are waiting for a warm body like a pet or a person to brush and then they can attach themselves to you.
And the idea is you do not want to squeeze the body when you remove it because you are preventing things from you?
That's right, you just want to gently handle the tick, and take it slowly and straight, to remove it. And then it's also important to throw it off properly. You want to throw it in the bathroom, you can drown it in alcoholism, or even freeze it in a plastic bag and then throw it off your normal home trash.
You should not keep it to recognize it?
The general public does not ask to submit ticks.
I wonder if you are hiding it can say yes, that's a black-legged tick, can you be dangerous?
Whether it's a black-legged tick, we do not know if that mark is infected with bacteria that causes Lyme disease. If so, if you have a tick tick, you should be careful for signs and symptoms that may develop in three to 30 days.
You will find a rash. Sometimes it looks like a bull's eye, but there are some other unpredictable symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, tired feeling, muscle pain and joints, and perhaps lymph nodes, and if You have symptoms, you should see your primary care provider.
And if you remove a score from yourself or one of your children, it would be wise to write the date, and the location in your body, so you can give your health care provider a little more information about how much time is gone by because you tick a bit.