It’s great to enjoy the outdoors enjoying the great natural environment we work, play and live in, but we need to be aware and careful in areas where there may be blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks). Please see the attached letter of notice re: Lyme Disease Awareness to help protect against ticks, especially in grassy, wooded or shrub covered areas
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected blacklegged tick. Ticks stick to skin and feed on blood. A tick carrying the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease can only transmit it after filling itself with blood, which takes at least 24 hours.
In Nova Scotia – only the blacklegged tick carries the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and not all blacklegged ticks carry the bacteria
Where are blacklegged ticks in Nova Scotia?
Blacklegged ticks have been found across the province. They survive best in areas that provide a moist habitat. Wooded or forested areas are very suitable as the trees provide shade and leaf litter ground cover for protection. There are six areas across the province where the risk is higher:
- Areas of Yarmouth County
- Areas of Pictou County
- Areas of Lunenburg County
- Areas of Queens County
- Areas of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Areas of Shelburne County
Please see the following educational resources, materials:
How prevalent is Lyme disease in Nova Scotia?
From 2002 to 2014, there was a total of 443 cases of Lyme disease reported in Nova Scotia. In 2014, there were 114 cases reported. Tick populations are expanding in Nova Scotia and Lyme disease awareness has grown over the years, so an increase in number of cases is expected
How can I protect myself from Lyme disease?
Our brochure on Lyme disease gives simple tips for protecting yourself and your family whenever you enjoy the outdoors, especially in grassy, wooded or shrub-covered areas.