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  • Hunter Cresswell

This is tick country, be prepared

Translated press release from the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais:

The director of public health wishes to remind the population of the Outaouais that ticks that can transmit Lyme disease have been present in the Outaouais region for a few years now and that their numbers are increasing. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. The tick lives in vegetation, mainly in the woods and tall grass.

Monitoring data show that there are established populations of ticks in the Outaouais, in particular in the south of the region. The Pontiac, Chelsea and, as of this summer, the municipality of La Pêche are considered endemic areas for ticks. This means that the risk of getting the disease is significant. The risk is also present in several other municipalities, including Gatineau, Val-des-Monts, and Plaisance, even though these territories are not considered endemic for ticks.

Lyme disease can affect the health and quality of life of some people. Also, it is important to adopt simple and effective prevention measures:

- Between the months of May and November, during outdoor activities:

  • Wear a hat, closed-toe shoes and long clothes.

  • Wear a hat, closed-toe shoes and long clothing.