Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Black-legged ticks taken from two people in Kanata North were found to be carriers of Lyme disease, so it is important that you know how to avoid ticks and remove them quickly if they attach to you. Ticks feed during the spring and summer months so be on the outlook.  Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Tick habitats include tall grass, bushes and woods. If a tick attaches to you and is removed within 24 hours, the bacteria will not transmit. Remove any tick as soon as possible with tweezers or a tick remover (available from Ottawa Health and I have some in my office). Once it has been removed, wash the bite site with soap and water. For more information visit Ottawa.ca/Lymedisease.

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