Fundy National Park of Canada
Female blacklegged ticks in various stages of feeding. Note the change in size and colour.Image courtesy of Public Health Agency of Canada.
Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks. It is possible to be bitten by an infected tick in New Brunswick.
Lyme disease in humans can develop into a serious illness, if left untreated. The disease can be effectively treated when diagnosed at the early stages.
Seek medical attention if you develop a bull’s eye target rash or if you have flu-like symptoms within 30 days of removing a tick.
How can you protect yourself?
- Make sure you and your pet remain on the designated trails.
- Wear closed-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Use insect repellents that contain DEET. Always read and follow label directions.
- After you have been out hiking, do a full body check for ticks that may be attached to the skin. Follow removal instructions provided in the links below.
- Be sure to check children and pets for ticks as well.
For more information
Additional information on Lyme Disease is available at Fundy National Park’s Visitor Reception Centre. You may also visit the following websites: