Every summer we’re warned about protecting ourselves from ticks and the possibility of contracting Lyme disease, but this is the first year that Ottawa Public Health has deemed our city an at-risk-area for the disease.
The rate of infected ticks is increasing. The city analyzed data from 2016 and found that 20% cent of the ticks tested positive for Lyme disease and that’s enough to cross the at-risk threshold.
They’re usually found in tall grass or wooded areas but some infected ticks were found within the city limits too.
Watch out for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease: bullseye rash, fever, chills, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, headaches and swollen lymph nodes.
If you find a tick and do remove it… keep it! Ottawa Public Health asks that you submit it to the city by calling 311.
Last year there were 75 reported cases of Lyme disease in Ottawa. The disease, if left untreated can cause many complications.