Ticks and the Threat of Lyme Disease

With spring, comes insects and with ticks comes the threat of Lyme Disease.

Ottawa Public Health has resumed its annual messaging about ticks and Lyme disease through its social media platforms. Information is also available at Ottawa.ca\LymeDisease.

Ottawa Public Health staff has put together Lyme disease “kits”, which will be available from my ward office for your information, use and distribution. Each “kit” includes a Lyme disease factsheet, which offers details related to the symptoms of Lyme Disease, tick removal processes, testing protocols and ways to prevent tick bites. The kits also include a tick key, which is designed to help remove any tick that may have attached themselves to a person, a family member, friend or pet.

Should you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. In Ontario, Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a black-legged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. Most humans are infected through the bite of an immature tick called a nymph, which is very small and are most active in the spring. Adult ticks are larger and active during the late summer and fall.

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