The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is suggesting people avoid black-legged ticks. A bite from a tick can cause lyme disease. According to H.K.P.R. Environmental Health Manager Richard Ovcharovich says symptoms of lyme disease can include a fever, headache, and even reoccurring arthritis if left untreated.

Ovcharovich says you can take preventative measures against tick bites before going outside.

He adds that ticks don’t fly, so they will try other ways to attach themselves to a person to feed.

Lyme disease is more likely to be passed to the host if the tick has been feeding for 24 hours or more. Ovcharovich says if you see a tick on your skin, use tweezers to remove it. If you start feeling any symptoms, it is recommended you see a doctor right away.