What are anaplasmosis and Lyme disease?

What are anaplasmosis and Lyme disease?

You have probably already heard of Lyme disease. Its most common symptoms are redness on the skin at the site of the bite, fever, fatigue, headaches and aches. Anaplasmosis, which is little known, has symptoms of chills, headaches, aches and pains and gastrointestinal discomfort. Both diseases are transmitted by ticks and can be treated with antibiotics.

In the event that a person is bitten by a tick, it is very important to remove it with fine tweezers as soon as possible after it is found. The risk of disease transmission by ticks increases with the length of time the tick is attached. For more information, contact Info-Santé at 8-1-1.

It is therefore very important to follow the following prevention tips when going outdoors:

– use a mosquito repellent containing DEET or icaridine

– Wear long clothing that covers the entire body

– Walk on open trails and avoid walking close to vegetation.

– When you return from your activity, take a shower, examine your body and remove ticks

More tips and information are available at santeestrie.qc.ca/tick