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.

Free Fitness Classes for the Month of May

With summer around the corner, now is the perfect time for Stittsville residents to shift their focus toward healthy living. Ottawa residents are invited to sample a variety of fitness opportunities at City recreation facilities during the spring edition of Try it!

During the entire month of May, residents may try up to three free fitness sessions at City facilities. This is a great opportunity to try aqua fitness, SpinningTM and group fitness classes, or to work out in a participating City of Ottawa cardio or weight training centre free of charge.

Visit a participating facility to set up your free membership access card, which provides you three visits during the month of May.

Most fitness centres are participating including the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, so visit ottawa.ca to find a facility that suits you.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.