Now that the “summer” seems to have settled in Quebec, the Ministry of Health strongly encourages people to better protect themselves from mosquito bites or ticks, potential carriers of West Nile virus or the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease.
While the West Nile virus has fewer victims in recent years, Lyme disease cases are rising.
Symptoms of West Nile virus can range from simple headaches or rashes to serious problems affecting the central nervous system for people whose immune systems are already compromised.
As for people suffering from Lyme disease, they have muscle pain, experience fatigue, often develop a target-shaped rash around the bite site and may eventually develop arthritis, neurological and even die.
Mosquitoes can be infected with West Nile virus are mainly found in urban areas, particularly in south-western Quebec. Those responsible ticks Lyme disease, they are mainly found in forests, woodlands and tall grass in the south of the province.
To protect yourself, you need including use mosquito repellent, wear long clothing and cover as possible.