A proclamation declaring May Lyme Disease Awareness Month in the Town of Amherst was signed by Mayor David Kogon on Monday, April 29.
“It’s important to become educated about this disease and I urge all residents to learn about Lyme disease prevention,” Kogon said as he signed the proclamation.
The petition noted Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of a black-legged tick that is infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
Donna Lugar, Nova Scotia’s representative at the non-profit Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, welcomed the town’s proclamation.
“We appreciate the town’s assistance is elevating the discussion about Lyme and tick-borne diseases in order to ensure residents understand the importance of undertaking daily preventative measures when spending any time outdoors, or if you have pets that could bring ticks in from outside,” Lugar said. “It is important that everyone knows you have the potential of being bitten by a black-legged tick anywhere in the province, including your own yard.”
She indicated there were several preventative measures one can take to prevent getting the disease, such as:
“Ticks are not going anywhere, anytime soon,” Lugar said. “Therefore, we need to learn to live with them, rather than fear them. Getting outside is an important step to good health and you should not fear going outside. Make preventative measures a part of your daily routine, just like you do sunscreen.”
For more information, go to: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/lyme.asp