Pictou County is currently estimated as a HIGH RISK area for Lyme disease due to an increase of blacklegged ticks.
Lyme disease is an often misdiagnosed infectious disease that has affected over 800 people in 2016 alone.
She encourages people to continue with outdoor activities but to stay aware.
Dr. Cleary says that climate change is one of the main contributing factors to the increase in ticks carrying the disease.
Simple steps such as wearing light coloured long sleeved shirts and pants, applying an insect repellant containing DEET and doing a thorough check of oneself after outdoor activities can keep your chances of contracting lyme disease low.