Ticks & Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Populations of Lyme disease-infected black-legged ticks have been found in the Otty Lake area. Not all blacklegged ticks are carriers, but the risk of contracting Lyme disease is on the rise in Canada. Your risk of a tick bite is greatest in spring and summer in forested and overgrown areas. There have been hundreds of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in humans in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, as well as in dogs. Protect yourselves and your pets. If you develop symptoms, consult your healthcare provider right away. A firm diagnosis of Lyme disease can be difficult, but the disease can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. A vaccine is available for protecting dogs against the disease. Note that as of July 1, 2014, the Health Unit does not accept ticks for analysis.

Tick Smart Poster 
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care 
LLG Health Unit Information 
Ticks, People and Pets 

Tick Talk, interview with  epidemiologist Dr. Katie Clow on tick risk in cottage country, Season 4 Episode 3, 35 minutes.

“Lyme Disease and You: A Guide to Navigating Tick Bites, Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Infections” by Dr. Shelley Ball.

What to Do After a Tick Bite

Information for the public and medical professionals.

LLG Health Unit presentation given to LNG April 2018.

Information on Lyme disease from the Government of Ontario.

Lanark County is a high risk area for Lyme disease, so please ensure you and your guests take precautions.

CBC Sunday Edition interview with Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of “Lyme : The First Epidemic of Climate Change” (31 min.)

Canada AM news spot “Lyme Disease Definitely Spreading in Canada, Expert Warns” from June 15, 2015