According to the Centres for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Canada and is actually the fastest growing infectious disease, meaning it is becoming more common as the ticks get worse every year. While these poppy seed-sized bugs are rarely found in big cities, rural areas and especially summer camps have an abundance of them, and it is proven that there is a higher infection rate of tick-borne diseases in children aged two to 14. Parents should therefore be well-prepared for tick-prevention and removal while packing their child’s travel bag for camp or any outdoor excursion.
Here’s what should be included in any tick-prevention and removal kit:
Lyme disease is preventable with the proper precautions. Following these tips will help keep yourself and your children safe this summer. For more information about Lyme disease, tick-prevention and the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), please visit www.TBDAlliance.org.
A version of this article appeared online on July 17, 2012.