The province announced Friday the geographic range of blacklegged ticks continues to expand north and west in Manitoba.
The province’s annual blacklegged tick surveillance program has identified a number of new and expanded Lyme disease risk areas, and the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is greater in these areas.
The province recommends minimizing exposure by using tick repellant, inspecting yourself or kids after spending time outdoors, removing ticks as soon as possible, staying on walking trails and wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Keeping grass and shrubs around your house trimmed can also help, officials said.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can start anywhere from three days to one month after a bite. They usually start with an expanding rash that then fades. Symptoms can include headache, a stiff neck, muscle aches or fatigue, fever, chills and swollen lymph nodes.
So far, there have been 11 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Manitoba this year.