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Fight the Bite

Fight tick and mosquito bites

With increasingly warmer temperatures comes the risk of the dreaded bug bite.

Surveillance conducted in 2019 shows continued West Nile virus and Lyme disease activity circulating in York Region. Vector-borne diseases are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected vector, such as mosquitoes, that can spread West Nile virus or blacklegged ticks infected with Lyme disease.

Everyone who is outside during the warmer months is at risk and should take steps to prevent being bitten.

If heading outdoors this spring or summer, follow these tips to protect yourself and your family:

  • Wear light-colored clothes and long–sleeved tops to help spot ticks and deter mosquitoes
  • Clean up standing water around your home where mosquitos like to breed (old tires, pool covers)
  • Choose closed toe footwear
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
  • Search your body for ticks, especially through the groin, scalp, back and underarm areas
  • Remove attached ticks from your body as quickly as possible

For more information on West Nile virus, Lyme disease or to report stagnant water in your community, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.


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