Local health officials are warning everyone to be careful while enjoying the outdoors.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit says ticks are now out, and there is a chance black-legged ticks carry Lyme disease.

H.K.P.R. Spokesman Bill Eekhof says to cover up if you are walking on trails.

Eekhof also suggests using bug spray that contains deet.

He tells us what to do if you are bitten by a tick.

Eekohf says the good news is if caught early enough, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Eekhof says most symptoms of Lyme disease are consistent with a common cold, but he did add that a rash looking like a bulls eye is a unique symptom to Lyme.

Eekoff adds if you have a tick on you, use tweezers to pull it out.