June 22 2022
The Department of Public Health would like to remind Ottawa residents that ticks that can transmit Lyme disease have been in Ottawa for a few years and their numbers have been increasing. Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Ticks live in vegetation, mainly in forests and tall grasses.
After analyzing tick control data for 2021, Gatineau is now known as a Lyme disease endemic area. Gatineau thus joins the lands of Pontiac and Collins de Lotaways, areas where ticks can be infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
However, the risk is also present in other municipalities in Ottawa. We must remain vigilant during our outdoor activities.
Lyme disease can have serious consequences for the health and quality of life of some people if it is not treated in time. It is therefore important to adopt simple and effective preventive measures:
- Between May and November, during outdoor, occupational or recreational activities, in wooded or semi-wooded areas:
- Wear a hat, closed shoes, and long clothes.
- Tuck your jacket into your pants and down into your socks or shoes.
- Use mosquito repellent PCBs or icaridin, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- When hiking, it is preferable to walk on the paths and avoid tall grass
- To reduce the presence of ticks in your environment:
- Cut and spread tall grass around your house and mow your lawn, especially near children’s play areas.
- Remove dead leaves, brush, and weeds from the lawn and around the edges of the wood supply and shed.
- Place paths (at least 3 meters wide) made of wood chips or gravel between wooded areas, lawns, patios, and play areas.
- When returning from an outdoor activity in wooded or semi-wooded areas, check your equipment, pet, and your entire body. Take advantage of bath time to check up on your children. If the tick is stuck to the person’s skin, remove it with eyebrow tweezers and keep it in a tightly closed container. Don’t forget to write down the date and place of your discharge, this information may come in handy later, if you consult a health professional.
- If you have been bitten by a sign in a municipality in the Pontiac sector or Collines-de-l’Outaouais, call Info-Santé at 811 to check your eligibility for preventive treatment. You can also consult your pharmacist who will be able to assess the need to prescribe preventive treatment if you have been bitten in these areas.
- If, during the month following the bite, symptoms are observed, such as redness at the site of the bite, fever, headache, fatigue, and a stiff neck, visit a doctor And remember to bring your own tick!
- To learn how to remove a tick or for more information: -de -lyme /
- Lyme disease (also available in French): https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/az/ Maladie-de-lyme/
- Removal of a tick in case of a bite (also available in French): https://www.quebec.ca/sante/conseils-et-prevention/sante-et-environnement/retrait-de-tique-en-cas-suture/
Take full advantage of the beautiful summer season while protecting yourself!
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